Articles | Volume 23, issue 3
Research article
21 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2019

Impact of glacier loss and vegetation succession on annual basin runoff

Evan Carnahan, Jason M. Amundson, and Eran Hood

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We model the effects of glacier dynamics, climate, and plant succession on annual streamflow during glacier retreat. Streamflow initially increases as the glacier melts, but eventually decreases to below preretreat levels due to increases in evapotranspiration. Glacier dynamics largely controls early variations in streamflow, whereas plant succession plays a progressively larger roll throughout. We show that glacier dynamics and landscape evolution are equally important in predicting streamflow.