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The Andean glaciers are losing mass at all latitudes

By 17th September 2019 September 21st, 2019 No Comments

A team of glaciologists from the Laboratoire d’études en géophysique et océanographie spatiales (LEGOS/OMP, CNRS / CNES / IRD / UT3 Paul Sabatier),  the Institut des géosciences de l’environnement (IGE/OSUG, CNRS / UGA / IRD / Grenoble INP) and IANIGLA (Argentina) have mapped changes in the mass of Andean glaciers between 2000 and 2018 with hitherto unrivalled resolution. The satellite images they obtained show that glaciers are losing mass at all latitudes. Between 25° and 40°S, the driest part, the accelerated melting of glaciers since 2009 has helped to limit the harmful effects of an extremely intense drought. The work is published in Nature Geoscience.

Read the research paper: Two decades of glacier mass loss along the Andes. I. Dussaillant, E. Berthier, F. Brun, M. Masiokas, R. Hugonnet, V. Favier, A. Rabatel, P. Pitte & L. Ruiz. Nature Geoscience 10.1038/s41561-019-0432-5.

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