Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 15, 4637–4654, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4637–4654, 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.

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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.