Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Research article
20 Apr 2017
Research article |  | 20 Apr 2017

Mapping and inventorying active rock glaciers in the northern Tien Shan of China using satellite SAR interferometry

Xiaowen Wang, Lin Liu, Lin Zhao, Tonghua Wu, Zhongqin Li, and Guoxiang Liu


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AR by Lin Liu on behalf of the Authors (13 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Mar 2017) by Tingjun Zhang (deceased)
RR by Gengnian Liu (17 Mar 2017)
RR by Tazio Strozzi (20 Mar 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (20 Mar 2017) by Tingjun Zhang (deceased)
AR by Lin Liu on behalf of the Authors (21 Mar 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Rock glaciers are abundant in high mountains in western China but have been ignored for 20 years. We used a new remote-sensing-based method to map active rock glaciers in the Chinese part of the Tien Shan and compiled an inventory of 261 active rock glaciers and included quantitative information about their locations, geomorphic parameters, and downslope velocities. Our dataset suggests that the lower limit of permafrost there is 2500–2800 m.