Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 9, 1229–1247, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1229-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 1229–1247, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1229-2015

Research article 17 Jun 2015

Research article | 17 Jun 2015

Weak precipitation, warm winters and springs impact glaciers of south slopes of Mt. Everest (central Himalaya) in the last 2 decades (1994–2013)

F. Salerno et al.

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Short summary
Climate-trends data in Himalaya are completely absent at high elevation. We explore the south slopes of Mt Everest though time series reconstructed from 7 stations (2660-5600m) during 1994-2013. The main increase in temp is concentrated outside of the monsoon, minimum temp increased far more than maximum, while we note a precipitation weakening. We contribute to change the perspective on which climatic drivers (temperature vs. precipitation) led mainly the glacier responses in the last 20 yr.