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Sublimation removes almost 30% of the winter snowfall in the Western Himalayan glaciated sites

Written on 22 January, 2020.

Snow sublimation is an important component of glacier surface mass balance; however, seldom studied in detail in the Himalayan region owing to data scarcity. We present an 11-year long wintertime snow surface energy balance and sublimation characteristics at the Chhota Shigri Glacier moraine site at 4863 m a.s.l. The estimated winter sublimation is 16–42 % of the winter snowfall at the study site, which signifies how sublimation is important in the Himalayan region.

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