Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 3161–3176, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 3161–3176, 2020
Data description paper
03 Dec 2020
Data description paper | 03 Dec 2020

More dynamic than expected: an updated survey of surging glaciers in the Pamir

Franz Goerlich et al.

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Short summary
This work indicates all glaciers in the Pamir that surged between 1988 and 2018 as revealed by different remote sensing data, mainly Landsat imagery. We found ~ 200 surging glaciers for the entire mountain range and detected the minimum and maximum extents of most of them. The smallest surging glacier is ~ 0.3 km2. This inventory is important for further research on the surging behaviour of glaciers and has to be considered when processing glacier changes (mass, area) of the region.