Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 14, 2267–2281, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2267-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 2267–2281, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2267-2020

Research article 21 Jul 2020

Research article | 21 Jul 2020

Satellite-observed monthly glacier and snow mass changes in southeast Tibet: implication for substantial meltwater contribution to the Brahmaputra

Shuang Yi et al.

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High-Asia glaciers have been observed to be retreating the fastest in the southeastern Tibeten Plateau, where vast amounts of glacier and snow feed the streamflow of the Brahmaputra. Here, we provide the first monthly glacier and snow mass balance during 2002–2017 based on satellite gravimetry. The results confirm previous long-term decreases but reveal strong seasonal variations. This work helps resolve previous divergent model estimates and underlines the importance of meltwater.