Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 13, 2733–2750, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 2733–2750, 2019
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18 Oct 2019
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Contrasting thinning patterns between lake- and land-terminating glaciers in the Bhutanese Himalaya

Shun Tsutaki et al.

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We investigate thickness change of Bhutanese glaciers during 2004–2011 using repeat GPS surveys and satellite-based observations. The thinning rate of Lugge Glacier (LG) is > 3 times that of Thorthormi Glacier (TG). Numerical simulations of ice dynamics and surface mass balance (SMB) demonstrate that the rapid thinning of LG is driven by both negative SMB and dynamic thinning, while the thinning of TG is minimised by a longitudinally compressive flow regime.