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Common climatic signal from glaciers in the European Alps over the last 50 years

Vincent, C. ; Fischer, A. ; Mayer, C. ; Bauder, Andreas ; Galos, S. P. ; Funk, Martin ; Thibert, E. ; Six, D. ; Braun, L. ; Huss, Matthias

In: Geophysical Research Letters, 2017, vol. 44, no. 3, p. 1376–1383

Conventional glacier-wide mass balances are commonly used to study the effect of climate forcing on glacier melt. Unfortunately, the glacier-wide mass balances are also influenced by the glacier's dynamic response. Investigations on the effects of climate forcing on glaciers can be largely improved by analyzing point mass balances. Using a statistical model, we have found that 52% of the...

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Reanalysing glacier mass balance measurement series

Zemp, M. ; Thibert, E. ; Huss, Matthias ; Stumm, D. ; Denby, C. Rolstad ; Nuth, C. ; Nussbaumer, S. U. ; Moholdt, G. ; Mercer, A. ; Mayer, C. ; Joerg, P. C. ; Jansson, P. ; Hynek, B. ; Fischer, A. ; Escher-Vetter, H. ; Elvehøy, H. ; Andreassen, L. M.

In: The Cryosphere, 2013, vol. 7, no. 4, p. 1227–1245

Glacier-wide mass balance has been measured for more than sixty years and is widely used as an indicator of climate change and to assess the glacier contribution to runoff and sea level rise. Until recently, comprehensive uncertainty assessments have rarely been carried out and mass balance data have often been applied using rough error estimation or without consideration of errors. In this...