Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 9, 505–523, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-505-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 505–523, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-505-2015

Research article 16 Mar 2015

Research article | 16 Mar 2015

Spatial patterns in glacier characteristics and area changes from 1962 to 2006 in the Kanchenjunga–Sikkim area, eastern Himalaya

A. E. Racoviteanu et al.

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An overall negative glacier surface area change of 0.5±0.2% yr-1 was observed for the eastern Himalaya since 1962 based on remote sensing data. There were higher rates of area loss for clean glaciers (-34%, or -0.7% yr-1) compared to debris-covered glaciers (-14.3% or -0.3 yr-1) on a glacier-by-glacier basis. Patterns of area change are heterogenous and depend on topographic and climatic factors, glacier altitude (maximum, median, altitudinal range), glacier size, slope and aspect.