Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 12, 1899–1919, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1899–1919, 2018
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 et al.

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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.