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Surface-area changes of glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau interior area since the 1970s using recent Landsat images and historical maps

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Wei, J.F., Liu, S.Y., Guo, W.Q., Yao, X.J., Xu, J.L., Bao, W.J., &Jiang, Z.L. (2014). Surface-area changes of glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau Interior Area since 1970s using recent Landsat images and historical maps. Annals of Glaciology, 55(66), 213-222.
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Title Surface-area changes of glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau interior area since the 1970s using recent Landsat images and historical maps
Authors Wei, Junfeng| Liu, Shiyin| Guo, Wanqin| Yao, Xiaojun| Xu, Junli| Bao, Weijia| Jiang, Zongli|
Secondary Title Annals of Glaciology
Abstract he Tibetan Plateau interior area (TPIA), often termed the Qangtang Plateau, is distinguished by many dome-like mountains higher than 6000ma.s.l. These mountains provide favourable conditions for the development of ice caps and glaciers of extreme continental/subpolar type. According to historical topographic maps (1959–80) and recent Landsat images (2004–11), continuous retreat was observed and the glacierized part of this area decreased by 9.5% (0.27%a –1 ) with respect to the total glacier area of 8036.4km 2 in the 1970s. Glaciers in the Zhari Namco basin have experienced the highest area shrinkage, with a reduction rate of 0.72%a –1 , while the smallest reduction occurred in Bangong Co (0.12%a –1 ) and Dogai Coying basins (0.11%a –1 ). A regional gradient of area loss was found, with a larger decrease in the south and a smaller decrease in the north of the plateau. Comparisons indicate glaciers have experienced smaller shrinkage in the TPIA than in surrounding regions. Glacier shrinkage in the TPIA is mainly attributed to an increase in air temperature, while precipitation, glacier size and positive difference of glaciation also played an important role.
Date 2014///
Year 2014
DOI 10.3189/2014AoG66A038
volume 55
Issue Number 66
Alternate Title1 Annals of Glaciology
Language en
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