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Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 2203–2215, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2203-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 10, 2203–2215, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2203-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 23 Sep 2016

Research article | 23 Sep 2016

Quantifying ice loss in the eastern Himalayas since 1974 using declassified spy satellite imagery

Joshua M. Maurer et al.
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EarthExplorer USGS http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/

EARTHDATA NASA https://earthdata.nasa.gov/

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Here we utilize declassified spy satellite imagery to quantify ice volume loss of glaciers in the eastern Himalayas over approximately the last three decades. Clean-ice and debris-covered glaciers show similar magnitudes of ice loss, while calving glaciers are contributing a disproportionately large amount to total ice loss. Results highlight important physical processes affecting the ice mass budget and associated water resources in the Himalayas.
Here we utilize declassified spy satellite imagery to quantify ice volume loss of glaciers in...
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