Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 15, 4637–4654, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4637-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4637–4654, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4637-2021

Research article 04 Oct 2021

Research article | 04 Oct 2021

High-resolution inventory to capture glacier disintegration in the Austrian Silvretta

Andrea Fischer et al.

Data sets

The Austrian Glacier Inventories GI 1 (1969), GI 2 (1998), GI 3 (2006), and GI LIA in ArcGIS (shapefile) format A. Fischer, B. Seiser, M. Stocker-Waldhuber, C. Mitterer, and J. Abermann https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.844988

Glacier inventory Austrian Silvretta 2017/2018 A. Fischer, M. Stocker-Waldhuber, B. Seiser, K. Helfricht, and G. Schwaizer https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.936109

Video supplement

The evolution of the Schnapfenkuchl and Larain glaciers in the Austrian Silvretta 1954-2020 A. Fischer https://doi.org/10.5446/53743

The evolution of Schnapfenkuchl H glacier 1954-2020 A. Fischer https://doi.org/10.5446/53742

Bieltalferner Austrian Silvretta 1950--2020 A. Fischer https://doi.org/10.5446/43410

Verhupf glacier Austrian Silvretta 1950-2020 A. Fischer https://doi.org/10.5446/53943

Litzner glacier Austrian Silvretta 1950-2020 A. Fischer https://doi.org/10.5446/53923

Fluchthornferner Austrian Silvretta 1954-2020 A. Fischer https://doi.org/10.5446/53882

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Short summary
Eastern Alpine glaciers have been receding since the Little Ice Age maximum, but until now the majority of glacier margins could be delineated unambiguously. Today the outlines of totally debris-covered glacier ice are fuzzy and raise the discussion if these features are still glaciers. We investigated the fate of glacier remnants with high-resolution elevation models, analyzing also thickness changes in buried ice. In the past 13 years, the 46 glaciers of Silvretta lost one-third of their area.