Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 11, 723–739, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 723–739, 2017
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21 Mar 2017
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Surge dynamics and lake outbursts of Kyagar Glacier, Karakoram

Vanessa Round et al.

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Recent surging of Kyagar Glacier (Karakoram) caused a hazardous ice-dammed lake to form and burst in 2015 and 2016. We use remotely sensed glacier surface velocities and surface elevation to observe dramatic changes in speed and mass distribution during the surge. The surge was hydrologically controlled with rapid summer onset and dramatic termination following lake outburst. Since the surge, the potential outburst hazard has remained high, and continued remote monitoring is crucial.