Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 8, 2313–2333, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-2313-2014
The Cryosphere, 8, 2313–2333, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-2313-2014

Research article 12 Dec 2014

Research article | 12 Dec 2014

Estimating the volume of glaciers in the Himalayan–Karakoram region using different methods

H. Frey et al.

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Existing methods (area–volume relations, a slope-dependent volume estimation method, and two ice-thickness distribution models) are used to estimate the ice reserves stored in Himalayan–Karakoram glaciers. Resulting volumes range from 2955–4737km³. Results from the ice-thickness distribution models agree well with local measurements; volume estimates from area-related relations exceed the estimates from the other approaches. Evidence on the effect of the selected method on results is provided.