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Research article
30 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2016

Local reduction of decadal glacier thickness loss through mass balance management in ski resorts

Andrea Fischer, Kay Helfricht, and Martin Stocker-Waldhuber

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In the Alps, glacier cover, snow farming and technical snow production were introduced as adaptation measures to climate change one decade ago. Comparing elevation changes in areas with and without mass balance management in five ski resorts showed that locally up to 20 m of ice thickness was preserved compared to non-maintained areas. The method can be applied to maintainance of skiing infrastructure but has also some potential for melt management at high and dry glaciers.