Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1593–1614, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1593-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1593–1614, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1593-2018

Research article 01 Mar 2018

Research article | 01 Mar 2018

Projected cryospheric and hydrological impacts of 21st century climate change in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) simulated using a physically based approach

Florian Hanzer et al.

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Climate change effects on snow, glaciers, and hydrology are investigated for the Ötztal Alps region (Austria) using a hydroclimatological model driven by climate projections for the RCP2.6, RCP4.5, and RCP8.5 scenarios. The results show declining snow amounts and strongly retreating glaciers with moderate effects on catchment runoff until the mid-21st century, whereas annual runoff volumes decrease strongly towards the end of the century.