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Climate Regime of Asian Glaciers Revealed by Gamdam Glacier Inventory : Volume 8, Issue 4 (11/07/2014)

By Sakai, A.

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Title: Climate Regime of Asian Glaciers Revealed by Gamdam Glacier Inventory : Volume 8, Issue 4 (11/07/2014)  
Author: Sakai, A.
Volume: Vol. 8, Issue 4
Language: English
Subject: Science, Cryosphere, Discussions
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Fujita, K., Lamsal, D., Nuimura, T., Takenaka, S., Nagai, H., & Sakai, A. (2014). Climate Regime of Asian Glaciers Revealed by Gamdam Glacier Inventory : Volume 8, Issue 4 (11/07/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan. Among meteorological elements, precipitation has a large spatial variability and less observation, particularly in High Mountain Asia, although precipitation in mountains is an important parameter for hydrological circulation. We estimated precipitation contributing to glacier mass at median elevation of glaciers, which is presumed to be at equilibrium-line altitude (ELA) so that mass balance is zero at that elevation, by tuning adjustment parameters of precipitation. We also made comparisons between median elevation of glaciers, including the effect of drifting snow and avalanche, and eliminated those local effects. Then, we could obtain median elevation of glaciers depending only on climate to estimate glacier surface precipitation.

The calculated precipitation contributing to glacier mass can elucidate that glaciers in the arid High Mountain Asia have very less precipitation, while much precipitation contribute to glacier mass in the Hindu Kush, the Himalayas, and the Hengduan Shan due to not only direct precipitation amount but also avalanche nourishment. We classified glaciers in High Mountain Asia into summer-accumulation type and winter-accumulation type using the summer accumulation ratio, and confirmed that summer-accumulation type glaciers have a higher sensitivity than winter-accumulation type glaciers.

Climate regime of Asian glaciers revealed by GAMDAM Glacier Inventory

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