Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 14, 2005–2027, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2005-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 2005–2027, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2005-2020

Research article 24 Jun 2020

Research article | 24 Jun 2020

Glacier runoff variations since 1955 in the Maipo River basin, in the semiarid Andes of central Chile

Álvaro Ayala et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (02 Apr 2020) by Elizabeth Bagshaw
AR by Álvaro Ayala on behalf of the Authors (03 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Apr 2020) by Elizabeth Bagshaw
RR by Francisca Bown (29 Apr 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 May 2020) by Elizabeth Bagshaw
AR by Álvaro Ayala on behalf of the Authors (07 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript

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AA by Álvaro Ayala on behalf of the Authors (11 Jun 2020)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (18 Jun 2020) by Elizabeth Bagshaw
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Short summary
We reconstruct past glacier changes (1955–2016) and estimate the committed ice loss in the Maipo River basin (semi-arid Andes of Chile), with a focus on glacier runoff. We found that glacier volume has decreased by one-fifth since 1955 and that glacier runoff shows a sequence of decreasing maxima starting in a severe drought in 1968. As meltwater originating from the Andes plays a key role in this dry region, our results can be useful for developing adaptation or mitigation strategies.