Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4465–4482, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4465-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4465–4482, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4465-2021

Research article 24 Sep 2021

Research article | 24 Sep 2021

Mapping seasonal glacier melt across the Hindu Kush Himalaya with time series synthetic aperture radar (SAR)

Corey Scher et al.

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (21 Dec 2020) by Melody Sandells
AR by Nicholas Steiner on behalf of the Authors (22 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (08 Apr 2021) by Melody Sandells
AR by Nicholas Steiner on behalf of the Authors (13 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Apr 2021) by Melody Sandells
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (19 Apr 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (24 May 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (13 Jun 2021) by Melody Sandells
AR by Nicholas Steiner on behalf of the Authors (24 Jun 2021)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Jul 2021) by Melody Sandells
AR by Nicholas Steiner on behalf of the Authors (29 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript

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AA by Nicholas Steiner on behalf of the Authors (25 Aug 2021)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (06 Sep 2021) by Melody Sandells
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Short summary
Time series synthetic aperture radar enables detection of seasonal reach-scale glacier surface melting across continents, a key component of surface energy balance for mountain glaciers. We observe melting across all areas of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) cryosphere. Surface melting for the HKH lasts for close to 5 months per year on average and for just below 2 months at elevations exceeding 7000 m a.s.l. Further, there are indications that melting is more than superficial at high elevations.