Multi-Decadal Changes in Glacial Parameters of the Fedchenko Glacier in Tajikistan

Shrinidhi Ambinakudige, Kabindra Joshi

Abstract


An accurate estimation of mass balance of mountain glaciers is important to understand global climate change process. The glaciers in the Pamir region are remote, difficult to access, and are often impossible to evaluate using in-situ methods. The objectives of this study are to estimate the extent of glacial retreat of the Fedchenko glacier from 1933 to 2014, and to estimate the mass balance of the Fedchenko in the Pamir region of Tajikistan. ASTER and Landsat satellite images were used in the study. Glacier terminus of the Fedchenko glacier retreated about 1.7 km over the last 81 years. However, in the recent years, the rate of retreat has slowed down. The lower part of the ablation zone, which is mostly debris covered has exhibited higher surface lowering trend compared to the area between the altitude of 3800m to the equilibrium line altitude (ELA).

Keywords


Glacier; Retreat; Climate Change; Pamir

Full Text: PDF

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

*2016 Journal Impact Factor was established by dividing the number of articles published in 2014 and 2015 with the number of times they are cited in 2016 based on Google Scholar, Google Search and the Microsoft Academic Search. If ‘A’ is the total number of articles published in 2014 and 2015, and ‘B’ is the number of times these articles were cited in indexed publications during 2016 then, journal impact factor = A/B. To know More: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_factor)