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A glacier inventory for South Tyrol, Italy, based on airborne laser-scanner data

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A new approach to glacier inventory, based on airborne laser-scanner data, has been applied to South Tyrol, Italy: it yields highly accurate results with a minimum of human supervision. Earlier inventories, from 1983 and 1997, are used to compare changes in area, volume and equilibriumline altitude. A reduction of 32% was observed in glacier area from 1983 to 2006. Volume change, derived from the 1997 and 2006 digital elevation models, was –1.037 km3, and an ELA rise of 54 m, to almost 3000 m a.s.l., was calculated for this period. Losses vary widely for individual glaciers, but have accelerated for all South Tyrolean glaciers since the first inventory in 1983.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2010

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  • The Annals of Glaciology is a peer-reviewed, thematic journal published 2 to 4 times a year by the International Glaciological Society (IGS). Publication frequency is determined and volume/issue numbers assigned by the IGS Council on a year-to-year basis and with a lead time of 3 to 4 years. The Annals of Glaciology is included in the ISI Science Citation Index from volume 50, number 50 onwards.

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