Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
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19 Apr 2021
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 19 Apr 2021

On the attribution of industrial-era glacier mass loss to anthropogenic climate change

Gerard H. Roe, John Erich Christian, and Ben Marzeion


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Short summary
The worldwide retreat of mountain glaciers and consequent loss of ice mass is one of the most obvious signs of a changing climate and has significant implications for the hydrology and natural hazards in mountain landscapes. Consistent with our understanding of the human role in temperature change, we demonstrate that the central estimate of the size of the human-caused mass loss is essentially 100 % of the observed loss. This assessment resolves some important inconsistencies in the literature.