Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2201–2214, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2201-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 2201–2214, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2201-2015
Research article
26 Nov 2015
Research article | 26 Nov 2015

Revealing glacier flow and surge dynamics from animated satellite image sequences: examples from the Karakoram

F. Paul

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This study uses animations of freely available Landsat images (acquired over 25 years) to reveal glacier flow and surge dynamics in the central Karakoram. The animations provide a holistic view on the timing and variability of glacier dynamics that is hard to obtain by other more quantitative methods. Among others, the study reveals that most surging glaciers are comparably small, steep and debris-free, with a wide range of advance rates and durations, overlapping with non-surge-type glaciers.