Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 16, 2643–2654, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-2643-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 2643–2654, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-2643-2022
Research article
01 Jul 2022
Research article | 01 Jul 2022

Land- to lake-terminating transition triggers dynamic thinning of a Bhutanese glacier

Yota Sato et al.

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We investigate fluctuations in Bhutanese lake-terminating glaciers focusing on the dynamics change before and after proglacial lake formation at Thorthormi Glacier (TG) based on photogrammetry, satellite, and GPS surveys. The thinning rate of TG became double compared to before proglacial lake formation, and the flow velocity has also sped up considerably. Those changes would be due to the reduction in longitudinal ice compression by the detachment of the glacier terminus from the end moraine.