Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 13, 1889–1909, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1889-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 1889–1909, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1889-2019

Research article 11 Jul 2019

Research article | 11 Jul 2019

Unravelling the evolution of Zmuttgletscher and its debris cover since the end of the Little Ice Age

Nico Mölg et al.

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RR by Philip Kraaijenbrink (29 May 2019)
RR by David Rounce (13 Jun 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Jun 2019) by Etienne Berthier
AR by Nico Mölg on behalf of the Authors (26 Jun 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Debris can partly protect glaciers from melting. But many debris-covered glaciers change similar to debris-free glaciers. To better understand the debris influence we investigated 150 years of evolution of Zmutt Glacier in Switzerland. We found an increase in debris extent over time and a link to glacier flow velocity changes. We also found an influence of debris on the melt locally, but only a small volume change reduction over the whole glacier, also because of the influence of ice cliffs.