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Surface melt dominates Alaska glacier mass balance

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Larsen Chris F, E Burgess, A.A. Arendt, Shad O'Neel, A.J. Johnson, and C. Kienholz, 2015, Surface melt dominates Alaska glacier mass balance: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 42, iss. 14.

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Mountain glaciers comprise a small and widely distributed fraction of the world's terrestrial ice, yet their rapid losses presently drive a large percentage of the cryosphere's contribution to sea level rise. Regional mass balance assessments are challenging over large glacier populations due to remote and rugged geography, variable response of individual glaciers to climate change, and episodic calving losses from tidewater glaciers. In Alaska, we use airborne altimetry from 116 glaciers to estimate a regional mass balance of −75 ± 11 Gt yr−1 (1994–2013). Our glacier sample is spatially well distributed, yet pervasive variability in mass balances obscures geospatial and climatic relationships. However, for the first time, these data [...]

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1002/2015GL064349
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