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1 September 2011 Current State of the Altai Glaciers (Russia) and Trends Over the Period of Instrumental Observations 1952–2008
Yuriy Narozhniy, Valeriy Zemtsov
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Results of research into climate and glacier dynamics in the Altai Mountains (Russia) over the period of instrumental observations (1952–2008) are presented in this article. About 1030 glaciers with a total area of 805 km2 and volume of 42.5 km3 have been recorded in the Altai Region. The average summer air temperature in different regions of the Altai has increased during the study period from about 0.2°C (Aktru) to 1.1°C (Akkem). The annual atmospheric precipitation rate has also increased, by 8–10%. Since 1952, the glacier area in different regions of the Altai has decreased by 9–27%, and volume by 12–24%. By 2008, as a result of degradation, the total number of glaciers was 953 with an area of 724 km2 and volume of 38 km3.

© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2011
Yuriy Narozhniy and Valeriy Zemtsov "Current State of the Altai Glaciers (Russia) and Trends Over the Period of Instrumental Observations 1952–2008," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 40(6), 575-588, (1 September 2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-011-0166-0
Published: 1 September 2011
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Altai
Glacier inventory
Glacier mass balance
Glacier retreat
Mountain glaciers
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