Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 16, 1333–1340, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 1333–1340, 2022
Brief communication
12 Apr 2022
Brief communication | 12 Apr 2022

Brief communication: An approximately 50 Mm3 ice-rock avalanche on 22 March 2021 in the Sedongpu valley, southeastern Tibetan Plateau

Chuanxi Zhao et al.

Data sets

Daily Earth Data to See Change and Make Better Decisions Planet 20day/types/PSScene

Lists, Maps, and Statistics: Basic earthquake counts for the World and United States USGS programs/earthquake-hazards/lists-maps-and-statistics

Video supplement

An ice-rock avalanche in the Sedongpu basin in 29 October 2019 W. Yang

Short summary
On 22 March 2021, a ~ 50 Mm 3 ice-rock avalanche occurred from 6500 m a.s.l. in the Sedongpu basin, southeastern Tibet. It caused temporary blockage of the Yarlung Tsangpo river, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra. We utilize field investigations, high-resolution satellite imagery, seismic records, and meteorological data to analyse the evolution of the 2021 event and its impact, discuss potential drivers, and briefly reflect on implications for the sustainable development of the region.