Articles | Volume 21, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3249–3266, 2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3249–3266, 2017
Research article
03 Jul 2017
Research article | 03 Jul 2017

Assessing glacier melt contribution to streamflow at Universidad Glacier, central Andes of Chile

Claudio Bravo et al.

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We present an analysis of meteorological conditions and melt for Universidad Glacier in central Chile. This glacier is characterized by high melt rates over the ablation season, representing a mean contribution of between 10 and 13 % of the total runoff observed in the upper Tinguiririca Basin during the November 2009 to March 2010 period. Few studies have quantified the glacier melt contribution to river runoff in Chile, and this work represents a new precedent for the Andes.