1Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
2Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA
3Appalachian Ecology, Elkins, WV, USA
Received: 13 Oct 2016 – Discussion started: 08 Nov 2016
Abstract. Glacier outburst floods with origins from Lhotse Glacier, located in the Everest region of Nepal, occurred on 25 May 2015 and 12 June 2016. The most recent event was witnessed by investigators, which provided unique insights into the magnitude, source, and triggering mechanism of the flood. The field assessment and satellite imagery analysis following the event revealed that most of the flood water was stored englacially and that the flood was likely triggered by dam failure. The flood's peak discharge was estimated to be 210 m3 s−1.
Revised: 18 Jan 2017 – Accepted: 20 Jan 2017 – Published: 08 Feb 2017
Rounce, D. R., Byers, A. C., Byers, E. A., and McKinney, D. C.: Brief communication: Observations of a glacier outburst flood from Lhotse Glacier, Everest area, Nepal, The Cryosphere, 11, 443-449, doi:10.5194/tc-11-443-2017, 2017.