Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 2883–2900, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2883–2900, 2018

Research article 07 Sep 2018

Research article | 07 Sep 2018

Mechanisms leading to the 2016 giant twin glacier collapses, Aru Range, Tibet

Adrien Gilbert et al.


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AR by Adrien Gilbert on behalf of the Authors (02 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Jul 2018) by Arjen Stroeven
RR by Irina Rogozhina (10 Aug 2018)
RR by Martin Truffer (13 Aug 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (21 Aug 2018) by Arjen Stroeven
AR by Adrien Gilbert on behalf of the Authors (23 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
In Tibet, two glaciers suddenly collapsed in summer 2016 and produced two gigantic ice avalanches, killing nine people. This kind of phenomenon is extremely rare. By combining a detailed modelling study and high-resolution satellite observations, we show that the event was triggered by an increasing meltwater supply in the fine-grained material underneath the two glaciers. Contrary to what is often thought, this event is not linked to a change in the thermal condition at the glacier base.