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Mass balance reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges

Year: 2007 Author: Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Thirty reference glaciers with almost continuous mass balance measurements since 1975 show an average annual mass loss of 0.58 m water equivalent for the past decade (1996–2005), which is more than twice the loss rate of the period 1986–1995 (0.25 m), and more than four times the rate of the period 1976–1985 (0.14 m). The results from these 30 continuous mass balance series correspond well to estimates based on a larger sample of more than 300 glaciers, including short and discontinuous series.
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