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Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2089–2099, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2089-2015
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The Cryosphere, 9, 2089–2099, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2089-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 11 Nov 2015

Research article | 11 Nov 2015

Assessment of permafrost distribution maps in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region using rock glaciers mapped in Google Earth

M.-O. Schmid et al.
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AR by Marc-Olivier Schmid on behalf of the Authors (21 Jan 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 Jan 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
AR by Marc-Olivier Schmid on behalf of the Authors (24 Jan 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (07 Feb 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Mar 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (30 Mar 2015)
RR by Kenneth HEWITT (31 Mar 2015)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Apr 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
AR by Marc-Olivier Schmid on behalf of the Authors (23 Jun 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Aug 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (12 Aug 2015)
RR by Robert Kenner (02 Sep 2015)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (08 Oct 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
AR by Marc-Olivier Schmid on behalf of the Authors (30 Oct 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Nov 2015) by Tingjun Zhang
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The extent and distribution of permafrost in the mountainous parts of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are largely unknown. This article provides a first-order assessment of the two available permafrost maps in the HKH region based on the mapping of rock glaciers in Google Earth. The Circum-Arctic Map of Permafrost and Ground Ice Conditions does not reproduce mapped conditions in the HKH region adequately, whereas the Global Permafrost Zonation Index does so with more success.
The extent and distribution of permafrost in the mountainous parts of the Hindu Kush Himalayan...
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