Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 2203–2215, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2203-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 2203–2215, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2203-2016

Research article 23 Sep 2016

Research article | 23 Sep 2016

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

Joshua M. Maurer et al.

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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.