Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 15, 199–214, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-199-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 199–214, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-199-2021
Research article
14 Jan 2021
Research article | 14 Jan 2021

Response of downstream lakes to Aru glacier collapses on the western Tibetan Plateau

Yanbin Lei et al.

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Two glaciers in the Aru range, western Tibetan Plateau (TP), collapsed suddenly on 17 July and 21 September 2016, respectively, causing fatal damage to local people and their livestock. The impact of the glacier collapses on the two downstream lakes (i.e., Aru Co and Memar Co) is investigated in terms of lake morphology, water level and water temperature. Our results provide a baseline in understanding the future lake response to glacier melting on the TP under a warming climate.