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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1805–1821, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1805-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1805–1821, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1805-2020

Data description paper 18 Aug 2020

Data description paper | 18 Aug 2020

Glacier shrinkage in the Alps continues unabated as revealed by a new glacier inventory from Sentinel-2

Frank Paul et al.

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We have used Sentinel-2 satellite data from 2015 and 2016 to create a new glacier inventory for the European Alps. Outlines from earlier national inventories were used to guide manual corrections (e.g. ice in shadow or under debris cover) of the automatically mapped clean ice. We mapped 4395 glaciers, covering 1806 km2, an area loss of about 14 % (or −1.2 % per year) compared to the last inventory of 2003. We conclude that glacier shrinkage in the Alps has continued unabated since the mid-1980s.