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Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 2129–2146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2129-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 10, 2129–2146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2129-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Sep 2016

Research article | 16 Sep 2016

ICESat laser altimetry over small mountain glaciers

Désirée Treichler and Andreas Kääb

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Satellite data are often the only source of information on mountain glaciers. We show that data from ICESat laser satellite can accurately reflect glacier volume development in 2003–2008, also for individual years. We detect a spatially varying elevation bias in commonly used data sets, and provide a correction that strongly increases the significance of the glacier change estimates – a crucial driver of climate-induced meltwater changes that directly affect the life of lowland populations.
Satellite data are often the only source of information on mountain glaciers. We show that data...
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