Articles | Volume 22, issue 7
Research article
13 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 13 Jul 2018

Modeling the glacial lake outburst flood process chain in the Nepal Himalaya: reassessing Imja Tsho's hazard

Jonathan M. Lala, David R. Rounce, and Daene C. McKinney


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (10 Jun 2018) by Günter Blöschl
AR by Jonathan Lala on behalf of the Authors (13 Jun 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Jun 2018) by Günter Blöschl
Short summary
Many glacial lakes in the Himalayas are held in place by natural sediment dams, which are prone to collapse, causing a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF). This study models a GLOF as a process chain, in which an avalanche enters the lake, creates a large wave that erodes the sediment dam, and produces a flood downstream. Results indicate that Imja Tsho presents little hazard for the next 30 years, but the model is replicable and should be used at other lakes that may present greater hazard.