Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 13, 309–324, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-309-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 309–324, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-309-2019

Research article 31 Jan 2019

Research article | 31 Jan 2019

Quantifying the light absorption and source attribution of insoluble light-absorbing particles on Tibetan Plateau glaciers between 2013 and 2015

Xin Wang et al.

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A large survey on measuring optical and chemical properties of insoluble light-absorbing impurities (ILAPs) from seven glaciers was conducted on the Tibetan Plateau (TP) during 2013–2015. The results indicated that the mixing ratios of black carbon (BC), organic carbon (OC), and iron (Fe) all showed a tendency to decrease from north to south, and the industrial pollution (33.1 %), biomass and biofuel burning (29.4 %), and soil dust (37.5 %) were the major sources of the ILAPs on the TP.