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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-167
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-167

  29 Jun 2021

29 Jun 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal TC.

Brief communication: A framework to classify glaciers for water resource evaluation and management in the Southern Andes

Nicole Schaffer and Shelley MacDonell Nicole Schaffer and Shelley MacDonell
  • Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas (CEAZA), ULS—Campus Andrés Bello, Raúl Bitrán 1305, La Serena, Chile

Abstract. Numerous drafts of a Glacier Protection Law (GPL) have been proposed in Chile since 2006, but the law has not been approved due to a lack of consensus partially due to inadequate definitions of landform types. Neither the approved Argentinian GPL or Chilean draft explicitly identify or define different glacier types nor are their distinct hydrological roles considered. We propose three glacier categories that group landforms based on their sensitivity to environmental changes, which is strongly associated with their hydrological role, and review both national inventories to facilitate the evaluation and/or management of water resources.

Nicole Schaffer and Shelley MacDonell

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  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-167', Anonymous Referee #1, 21 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-167', Camilo Rada Giacaman, 25 Jul 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on tc-2021-167', Claudio Bravo, 09 Aug 2021

Nicole Schaffer and Shelley MacDonell

Nicole Schaffer and Shelley MacDonell

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Numerous drafts of a Glacier Protection Law have been proposed in Chile, but it has not been approved partially due to inadequate definitions of landform types. We propose three categories that group glaciers based on their environmental sensitivity and review the Chilean and Argentinian national inventories to determine if they align with these groups. We hope that the proposed classification and suggestions will help facilitate the evaluation of water resources in the Southern Andes.