Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 13, 2361–2383, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2361-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2361–2383, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2361-2019

Research article 11 Sep 2019

Research article | 11 Sep 2019

Long-range terrestrial laser scanning measurements of annual and intra-annual mass balances for Urumqi Glacier No. 1, eastern Tien Shan, China

Chunhai Xu et al.

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AR by Chunhai Xu on behalf of the Authors (01 Jan 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 Feb 2019) by Tobias Bolch
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (21 Mar 2019)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Apr 2019) by Tobias Bolch
AR by Chunhai Xu on behalf of the Authors (13 May 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 May 2019) by Tobias Bolch
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (29 Jun 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (16 Jul 2019) by Tobias Bolch
AR by Chunhai Xu on behalf of the Authors (22 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (14 Aug 2019) by Tobias Bolch
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Short summary
We take Urumqi Glacier No. 1 as an example and validate a long-range terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) as an efficient tool for monitoring annual and intra-annual mass balances, especially for inaccessible glacier areas where no glaciological measurements are available. The TLS has application potential for glacier mass-balance monitoring in China. For wide applications of the TLS, we can select some benchmark glaciers and use stable scan positions and in-situ-measured densities of snow–firn.