Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 103–121, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-103-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 103–121, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-103-2018

Research article 12 Jan 2018

Research article | 12 Jan 2018

Recent glacier mass balance and area changes in the Kangri Karpo Mountains from DEMs and glacier inventories

Kunpeng Wu et al.

Data sets

China Meteorological Forcing Dataset Jie He and Kun Yang https://doi.org/10.3972/westdc.002.2014.db

The Second Glacier Inventory Dataset of China (Version 1.0) Shiyin Liu, Wanqin Guo, Junli Xu, Donghui Shangguan, Lizong Wu, Xiaojun Yao, Jingdong Zhao, Qiao Liu, Zongli Jiang, Ping Li, Junfeng Wei, Weijia Bao, Pengchun Yu, Liangfu Ding, Gang Li, Chunmei Ge, and Yuan Wang https://doi.org/10.3972/glacier.001.2013.db

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Short summary
This study presents diminishing ice cover in the Kangri Karpo Mountains by 24.9 % ± 2.2 % or 0.71 % ± 0.06 % a−1 from 1980 to 2015 but with nine glaciers advancing. By utilizing geodetic methods, glaciers have experienced a mean mass deficit of 0.46 ± 0.08 m w.e. a−1 from 1980 to 2014. These glaciers showed slight accelerated shrinkage and significant accelerated mass loss during 2000–2015 compared to that during 1980–2000, which is consistent with the tendency of climate warming.