Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 531–539, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-531-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 531–539, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-531-2017

Brief communication 15 Feb 2017

Brief communication | 15 Feb 2017

Brief communication: Glaciers in the Hunza catchment (Karakoram) have been nearly in balance since the 1970s

Tobias Bolch et al.

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Previous geodetic estimates of glacier mass changes in the Karakoram have revealed balanced budgets or a possible slight mass gain since the year ∼  2000. We used old US reconnaissance imagery and could show that glaciers in the Hunza River basin (Central Karakoram) experienced on average no significant mass changes also since the 1970s. Likewise the glaciers had heterogeneous behaviour with frequent surge activities during the last 40 years.