Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 681–694, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-681-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 681–694, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-681-2016

Research article 17 Mar 2016

Research article | 17 Mar 2016

Thinning of the Monte Perdido Glacier in the Spanish Pyrenees since 1981

Juan Ignacio López-Moreno et al.

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This paper analyzes the evolution of the Monte Perdido Glacier, Spanish Pyrenees, since 1981. Changes in ice volume were estimated by geodetic methods and terrestrial laser scanning. An acceleration in ice thinning is detected during the 21st century. Local climatic changes observed during the study period do not seem sufficient to explain the acceleration. The strong disequilibrium between the glacier and the current climate and feedback mechanisms seems to be the most plausible explanation.