Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 9, 1663–1683, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1663-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 1663–1683, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1663-2015
Research article
21 Aug 2015
Research article | 21 Aug 2015

ENSO influence on surface energy and mass balance at Shallap Glacier, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

F. Maussion et al.

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Using a newly developed open-source tool, we downscale the glacier surface energy and mass balance fluxes at Shallap Glacier. This allows an unprecedented quantification of the ENSO influence on a tropical glacier at climatological time scales (1980-2013). We find a stronger and steadier anti-correlation between Pacific sea-surface temperature (SST) and glacier mass balance than previously reported and provide keys to understand its mechanism.