Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Brief communication
29 Jun 2021
Brief communication |  | 29 Jun 2021

Brief communication: Growth and decay of an ice stupa in alpine conditions – a simple model driven by energy-flux observations over a glacier surface

Johannes Oerlemans, Suryanarayanan Balasubramanian, Conradin Clavuot, and Felix Keller


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-54', Jonathan D Mackay, 08 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Johannes Oerlemans, 08 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-54', Anonymous Referee #2, 16 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Johannes Oerlemans, 08 May 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on tc-2021-54', Anonymous Referee #3, 06 May 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Johannes Oerlemans, 08 May 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (28 May 2021) by Chris Derksen
AR by Johannes Oerlemans on behalf of the Authors (30 May 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Jun 2021) by Chris Derksen
Short summary
An ice stupa is a cone-like ice mass storing water in the form of ice. By sprinkling water on the cone during cold conditions an ice stupa can grow to achieve an appreciable mass (typically 1 × 106 kg) and release this in spring and summer in the form of meltwater. In Ladakh ice stupas are currently used more and more for irrigation purposes. We present a simple model with which the rate of growth and decay of a stupa can be calculated for given climatic conditions.