Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 15, 4145–4163, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4145-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4145–4163, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4145-2021
Research article
30 Aug 2021
Research article | 30 Aug 2021

Controls of outbursts of moraine-dammed lakes in the greater Himalayan region

Melanie Fischer et al.

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Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in the greater Himalayan region threaten local communities and infrastructure. We assess this hazard objectively using fully data-driven models. We find that lake and catchment area, as well as regional glacier-mass balance, credibly raised the susceptibility of a glacial lake in our study area to produce a sudden outburst. However, our models hardly support the widely held notion that rapid lake growth increases GLOF susceptibility.