Morphometric Controls on Glacier Mass Balance of the Puruogangri Ice Field, Central Tibetan Plateau
AbstractEvaluating the impacts of climatic changes and morphometric features on glacier mass balance is crucial to providing insight into glacier changes and their effects on regional water resources and ecosystems. Here, we presented an evaluation of morphometric effects on the glacier mass balances of the Puruogangri ice field (PIF) on the Tibetan Plateau. A clear spatial variability of glacier mass balances, ranging from −0.035 to +0.019 m·w.e.·year−1, was estimated by comparing the TanDEM-X DEM (2012) with the SRTM-X DEM (2000). In general, the observed glacier mass changes were consistent with our fieldwork investigations. Furthermore, by applying the method of linear regression analysis, we found that the mass changes of individual glaciers on the PIF were mainly dominated by the mean altitude (R = 0.84, p < 0.001), however, they were statistically independent of glacier size, aspect, and surface velocity. At a local scale (grid size of 10 × 10 pixels), apart from the factor of altitude, surface velocity was correlated with glacier mass change. View Full-Text
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Liu, L.; Jiang, L.; Sun, Y.; Wang, H.; Yi, C.; Hsu, H. Morphometric Controls on Glacier Mass Balance of the Puruogangri Ice Field, Central Tibetan Plateau. Water 2016, 8, 496.
Liu L, Jiang L, Sun Y, Wang H, Yi C, Hsu H. Morphometric Controls on Glacier Mass Balance of the Puruogangri Ice Field, Central Tibetan Plateau. Water. 2016; 8(11):496.Chicago/Turabian Style
Liu, Lin; Jiang, Liming; Sun, Yafei; Wang, Hansheng; Yi, Chaolu; Hsu, Houtse. 2016. "Morphometric Controls on Glacier Mass Balance of the Puruogangri Ice Field, Central Tibetan Plateau." Water 8, no. 11: 496.
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