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Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 133-148, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-133-2016
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The Cryosphere, 10, 133-148, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-133-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Jan 2016

Research article | 18 Jan 2016

Climatic controls and climate proxy potential of Lewis Glacier, Mt. Kenya

R. Prinz et al.
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Lewis Glacier has lost > 80 % of its extent since the late 19th century. A sensitivity study using a process-based model assigns this shrinking to decreased atmospheric moisture without increasing air temperatures required. The glacier retreat implies a distinctly different coupling between the glacier's surface-air layer and its surrounding boundary layer, underlining the difficulty of deriving palaeoclimates for larger glacier extents on the basis of modern measurements of small glaciers.
Lewis Glacier has lost 80 % of its extent since the late 19th century. A sensitivity study...
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