The warming could have profound impacts on glaciers in the Karakoram and people living near glaciers and downstream. However, given their low quality and limited observation period, those observed satellite data contain significant uncertainty in the estimated glaciers variations. In September 2018, we led a group of researchers to survey three glaciers in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan. We collected daily melt data over the Hinarchi, Hoper and Ghulkin glaciers over clean ice and debris cover with variable thickness. Our initial findings show that glaciers with debris cover are melting slower than bare ice glaciers and that the melt rate decreases with an increase in debris cover.
Source: The Express Tribune December 16, 2018 04:07 UTC