Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 299–309 | Cite as

Glacier extent and volume change (1966∼2000) on the Su-lo Mountain in northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China

  • Yetang Wang
  • Shugui HouEmail author
  • Sungmin Hong
  • Soon Do Hur
  • Yaping Liu


The topographic maps of 1:50, 000 scales, aerial photographs taken in 1966, one Landsat image taken in 1999, and SRTM data from 2000 were used to quantify the losses in area and volume of the glaciers on the Su-lo Mountain, in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China in the past 30 years. The total glacier area decreased from 492.9 km2 in 1966 to 458.2 km2 in 1999. The volume loss of the studied glaciers reached 1.4 km3 from 1966 to 2000. This agrees with documented changes in other mountain glaciers of the whole Tibetan Plateau.


Glacier change Su-lo Mountain ETM + image Tibetan Plateau China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yetang Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shugui Hou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sungmin Hong
    • 3
  • Soon Do Hur
    • 3
  • Yaping Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research InstituteCASLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Songdo Techno ParkKorea Polar Research InstituteIncheonKorea

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