Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
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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


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AR by Joshua Maurer on behalf of the Authors (29 Jul 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (01 Aug 2016) by Etienne Berthier
AR by Joshua Maurer on behalf of the Authors (09 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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.