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dc.contributor.authorKing, Owen
dc.contributor.authorBhattacharya, Atanu
dc.contributor.authorGhuffar, Sajid
dc.contributor.authorTait, Alex
dc.contributor.authorGuilford, Sam
dc.contributor.authorElmore, Aurora C.
dc.contributor.authorBolch, Tobias
dc.identifier.citationKing , O , Bhattacharya , A , Ghuffar , S , Tait , A , Guilford , S , Elmore , A C & Bolch , T 2020 , ' Six decades of glacier mass changes around Mt. Everest are revealed by historical and contemporary images ' , One Earth , vol. 3 , no. 5 , pp. 608-620 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 271336410
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dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:0523F7EE4FB112902CEDA60A31963B72
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8201-5059/work/83889989
dc.description.abstractThe accurate quantification of current and past Himalayan glacier mass budgets is vital if we are to understand the evolution of the Asian water tower, which provides water to the planet’s most populous region. In this work, we generated a geodetic time series spanning six decades over 79 glaciers surrounding Mt. Everest and found consistent acceleration of glacier mass loss between the 1960s (−0.23 ± 0.12 mwe a−1) and the modern era (−0.38 ± 0.11 mwe a−1 from 2009 to 2018). Glacier mass loss has varied depending on glacier terminus type and surface characteristics, and glacier thinning is now occurring at extreme altitudes (>6,000 masl). Our time series also captures the first documented surge of a glacier in the Mt. Everest region. These multi-decadal observations of glacier mass loss form a baseline dataset against which physically based glacier evolution models could be calibrated before they are used for predicting future meltwater yield.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
dc.subjectMt. Everesten
dc.subjectGlacier mass balanceen
dc.subjectDeclassified satellite imageryen
dc.subjectGlacial lakesen
dc.subjectG Geography (General)en
dc.titleSix decades of glacier mass changes around Mt. Everest are revealed by historical and contemporary imagesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Environmental Change Research Groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Bell-Edwards Geographic Data Instituteen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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