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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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.