Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Brief communication
19 Mar 2015
Brief communication |  | 19 Mar 2015

Brief Communication: Contending estimates of 2003–2008 glacier mass balance over the Pamir–Karakoram–Himalaya

A. Kääb, D. Treichler, C. Nuth, and E. Berthier


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Mar 2015) by Andreas Vieli
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Short summary
Based on satellite laser altimetry over the Pamir--Karakoram Himalaya we detect strongest elevation losses over east Nyainqentanglha Shan and Spiti--Lahaul but slight elevation gains over west Kunlun Shan rather than over Karakoram. The current sea-level contribution of Pamir--Karakoram Himalaya glaciers is about 10% of the total global contribution of glaciers outside the ice sheets. We also improve estimates of glacier imbalance contribution to river discharge in the Himalayas.