Fifty Years of observations and research on the Pasterze Glacier (Austria) of the Grossglockner area in the Hohe Tauern Range

Authors: Klaus Bayr*, Keene State College, Dorothy K Hall, dorothy.k.hall@gmail.com
Topics: Physical Geography, Remote Sensing, Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: Pasterze Glacier, glacier recession, Satellite Imagery, Sonnblick Meteorological Station
Session Type: Paper
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We have been observing and studying the Pasterze Glacier, located in the Grossglockner area in the Hohe Tauern Range in Austria for 50 years. We have documented changes in the glacier terminus using GPS, satellite images, meteorological data and yearly measurements data from the University of Graz since 1969. For this paper, we summarize our 50 years of work on the Pasterze Glacier, giving special attention to recent work that focuses on the annual onset of snowfall and duration of snow cover as measured at the Sonnblick meteorological station. We relate the snowfall data to changes (recessions) of the Pasterze Glacier terminus.

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