Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 133–138, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-133-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 133–138, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-133-2017

Brief communication 18 Jan 2017

Brief communication | 18 Jan 2017

Brief communication: Thinning of debris-covered and debris-free glaciers in a warming climate

Argha Banerjee

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Measurements of debris-covered and debris-free glaciers in the Himalaya-Karakoram show similar decadal scale thinning, despite a suppression of melt under the debris. Using physical arguments, supported by simulations of 1-D idealised glaciers, we analyse the evolution of thinning rates on both glacier types under a warming climate. The dynamics of the emergence velocity profile control the thinning rate evolution in general and lead to the observed trends in the thinning rate data.