Articles | Volume 24, issue 1
Research article
09 Jan 2020
Research article |  | 09 Jan 2020

Reconstruction of the 1941 GLOF process chain at Lake Palcacocha (Cordillera Blanca, Peru)

Martin Mergili, Shiva P. Pudasaini, Adam Emmer, Jan-Thomas Fischer, Alejo Cochachin, and Holger Frey


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (16 Nov 2019) by Matjaz Mikos
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Nov 2019) by Matjaz Mikos
Short summary
In 1941, the glacial lagoon Lake Palcacocha in the Cordillera Blanca (Peru) drained suddenly. The resulting outburst flood/debris flow consumed another lake and had a disastrous impact on the town of Huaraz 23 km downstream. We reconstuct this event through a numerical model to learn about the possibility of prediction of similar processes in the future. Remaining challenges consist of the complex process interactions and the lack of experience due to the rare occurrence of such process chains.