Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 13, 1889–1909, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 1889–1909, 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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AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (10 May 2019)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (13 May 2019) by Etienne Berthier
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
Short summary
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.