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Integrating a glacier retreat model into a hydrological model – Case studies of three glacierised catchments in Norway and Himalayan region

Li, Hong ; Beldring, Stein ; Xu, C.-Y. ; Huss, Matthias ; Melvold, Kjetil ; Jain, Sharad K.

In: Journal of Hydrology, 2015, vol. 527, p. 656–667

Glaciers are crucial in many countries where meltwater from glaciers is an important source of water for drinking water supply, irrigation, hydropower generation and the ecological system. Glaciers are also important indicators of climate change. They have been significantly altered due to the global warming and have subsequently affected the regional hydrological regime. However, few models are...

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A database of worldwide glacier thickness observations

Gärtner-Roer, I. ; Naegeli, K. ; Huss, Matthias ; Knecht, T. ; Machguth, Horst ; Zemp, Michael

In: Global and Planetary Change, 2014, vol. 122, p. 330–344

One of the grand challenges in glacier research is to assess the total ice volume and its global distribution. Over the past few decades the compilation of a world glacier inventory has been well-advanced both in institutional set-up and in spatial coverage. The inventory is restricted to glacier surface observations. However, although thickness has been observed on many glaciers and ice caps...