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Modelling the Response of Mountain Glacier Discharge to Climate Warming

  • Regine Hock
  • Peter Jansson
  • Ludwig N. Braun
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 23)

Abstract

Glaciers are characteristic features of mountain environments but are often not recognized for their strong influence on catchment runoff quantity and distribution. Such modification occurs with glacierization of only a few percent of the total catchment area, and affects adjacent lowlands far beyond the limits of mountain ranges. The main impact occurs because glaciers temporarily store water as snow and ice on many different time scales (Jansson et al. 2003), the release from storage being controlled by both climate and internal drainage mechanisms.

Keywords

Climate change Glacier discharge Glacier mass balance Modelling Storglaciären Vernagtferner 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Regine Hock
    • 1
  • Peter Jansson
    • 1
  • Ludwig N. Braun
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary GeologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Commission for GlaciologyBavarian Academy of SciencesMunichGermany

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