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 , University of Maryland, College Park
Topics: Cryosphere, Physical Geography, Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: Pasterze Glacier, glacier recession, Satellite Imagery, Sonnblick and Rudolfshuette Meteorological Station
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 27
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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 since 1969. We have documented in situ 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 observations and research on the Pasterze Glacier, giving special attention to recent work that focuses on the annual precipitation and temperature changes as measured at the Sonnblick and Rudolfshuette meteorological station. We relate these to changes (recessions) of the Pasterze Glacier terminus.

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