Mount Everest Foundation
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Annapurna South Glacier Ice Loss

A scientific expedition with objectives to quantify changes in the ice surface elevation, thickness, and velocity, and assess their relationship with debris characteristics; to evaluate how ice surface debris thickness and characteristics vary over space and time, and their influence on glacier melt rates; to investigate the impact of supraglacial melt ponds on ice loss, and their linkages to the hydrology of the glacier; analyse ice cliff formation processes and their impact on glacier melt rates. Techniques employed included use of an Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) with ground penetrating radar, which yielded several kilometres of radar data, as well as melt stakes and temperature sensors. Analysis of data will be covered in the final report.

October - November 2017
Dr Rachel Carr, Arminel Lovell, James Lingihan and Jack Oxtoby

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