Articles | Volume 27, issue 4
Research article
01 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 01 Mar 2023

Characterizing 4 decades of accelerated glacial mass loss in the west Nyainqentanglha Range of the Tibetan Plateau

Shuhong Wang, Jintao Liu, Hamish D. Pritchard, Linghong Ke, Xiao Qiao, Jie Zhang, Weihua Xiao, and Yuyan Zhou

Data sets

Landsat MSS (Collection 2 Landsat 1-5 MSS Digital Object Identifier) USGS

Landsat ETM+ (Collection 2 Landsat 7 ETM+ Digital Object Identifier) USGS

Landsat OLI (Collection 2 Landsat 8-9 OLI/TIRS Digital Object) USGS

KH-9 Hexagon products (Declassified Satellite Imagery - 2 Digital Object Identifier) USGS

SRTM version 3 (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission 1 Arc-Second Global Digital Object Identifier) USGS

ASTER products handled by the satellite data retrieval system MADAS MADAS

China meteorological forcing dataset (1979--2018), National Tibetan Plateau K. Yang, J. He, W. Tang, H. Lu, J. Qin, Y. Chen, and X. Li

Short summary
We assessed and compared the glacier areal retreat rate and surface thinning rate and the effects of topography, debris cover and proglacial lakes in the west Nyainqentanglha Range (WNT) during 1976–2000 and 2000–2020. Our study will help us to better understand the glacier change characteristics in the WNT on a long timescale and will serve as a reference for glacier changes in other regions on the Tibetan Plateau.