Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Research article
05 May 2022
Research article |  | 05 May 2022

Understanding monsoon controls on the energy and mass balance of glaciers in the Central and Eastern Himalaya

Stefan Fugger, Catriona L. Fyffe, Simone Fatichi, Evan Miles, Michael McCarthy, Thomas E. Shaw, Baohong Ding, Wei Yang, Patrick Wagnon, Walter Immerzeel, Qiao Liu, and Francesca Pellicciotti


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-97', Anonymous Referee #1, 06 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Stefan Fugger, 23 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-97', Anonymous Referee #2, 19 Jul 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Stefan Fugger, 23 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (26 Aug 2021) by Marie Dumont
AR by Stefan Fugger on behalf of the Authors (16 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Oct 2021) by Marie Dumont
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (10 Nov 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (21 Dec 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Dec 2021) by Marie Dumont
AR by Manal Becker on behalf of the Authors (10 Feb 2022)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (23 Feb 2022) by Marie Dumont

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Stefan Fugger on behalf of the Authors (19 Apr 2022)   Author's adjustment  
EA: Adjustments approved (26 Apr 2022) by Marie Dumont
Short summary
The monsoon is important for the shrinking and growing of glaciers in the Himalaya during summer. We calculate the melt of seven glaciers in the region using a complex glacier melt model and weather data. We find that monsoonal weather affects glaciers that are covered with a layer of rocky debris and glaciers without such a layer in different ways. It is important to take so-called turbulent fluxes into account. This knowledge is vital for predicting the future of the Himalayan glaciers.