Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 16, 489–504, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 489–504, 2022
Research article
10 Feb 2022
Research article | 10 Feb 2022

Strong acceleration of glacier area loss in the Greater Caucasus between 2000 and 2020

Levan G. Tielidze et al.

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The new Caucasus glacier inventory derived from manual delineation of glacier outlines based on medium-resolution (Landsat, Sentinel) and high-resolution (SPOT) satellite imagery shows the accelerated glacier area loss over the last 2 decades (2000–2020). This new glacier inventory will improve our understanding of climate change impacts at a regional scale and support related modelling studies by providing high-quality validation data.