Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Research article
 | Highlight paper
23 Sep 2016
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 23 Sep 2016

Quantifying ice loss in the eastern Himalayas since 1974 using declassified spy satellite imagery

Joshua M. Maurer, Summer B. Rupper, and Joerg M. Schaefer

Data sets

EarthExplorer USGS


Short summary
Here we utilize declassified spy satellite imagery to quantify ice volume loss of glaciers in the eastern Himalayas over approximately the last three decades. Clean-ice and debris-covered glaciers show similar magnitudes of ice loss, while calving glaciers are contributing a disproportionately large amount to total ice loss. Results highlight important physical processes affecting the ice mass budget and associated water resources in the Himalayas.