Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Research article
06 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 06 Jun 2018

Multi-decadal mass balance series of three Kyrgyz glaciers inferred from modelling constrained with repeated snow line observations

Martina Barandun, Matthias Huss, Ryskul Usubaliev, Erlan Azisov, Etienne Berthier, Andreas Kääb, Tobias Bolch, and Martin Hoelzle


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (20 Feb 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (17 Mar 2018) by Valentina Radic
AR by Martina Barandun on behalf of the Authors (22 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (03 Apr 2018) by Valentina Radic
Short summary
In this study, we used three independent methods (in situ measurements, comparison of digital elevation models and modelling) to reconstruct the mass change from 2000 to 2016 for three glaciers in the Tien Shan and Pamir. Snow lines observed on remote sensing images were used to improve conventional modelling by constraining a mass balance model. As a result, glacier mass changes for unmeasured years and glaciers can be better assessed. Substantial mass loss was confirmed for the three glaciers.