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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
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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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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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