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HESS | Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1593–1614, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1593-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1593–1614, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1593-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 01 Mar 2018

Research article | 01 Mar 2018

Projected cryospheric and hydrological impacts of 21st century climate change in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) simulated using a physically based approach

Florian Hanzer et al.
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Climate Data Vent, Ötztal Alps, 1935-2011 Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.806582

Climate Data Vent, Ötztal Alps, 2012-2016 I. Juen and G. Kaser https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.876595

Hydrological and meteorological records from the Vernagtferner Basin - Vernagtbach station, for the years 1970 to 2001 H. Escher-Vetter, H. Oerter, O. Reinwarth, L. N. Braun, and M. Weber https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.775113

Hydrological and meteorological records from the Vernagtferner Basin - Vernagtbach station H. Escher-Vetter, L. N. Braun, and M. Siebers https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.829530

The Austrian Glacier Inventories GI 1 (1969), GI 2 (1998), GI 3 (2006), and GI LIA in ArcGIS (shapefile) format A. Fischer, B. Seiser, M. Stocker-Waldhuber, C. Mitterer, and J. Abermann https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.844988

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Climate change effects on snow, glaciers, and hydrology are investigated for the Ötztal Alps region (Austria) using a hydroclimatological model driven by climate projections for the RCP2.6, RCP4.5, and RCP8.5 scenarios. The results show declining snow amounts and strongly retreating glaciers with moderate effects on catchment runoff until the mid-21st century, whereas annual runoff volumes decrease strongly towards the end of the century.
Climate change effects on snow, glaciers, and hydrology are investigated for the Ötztal Alps...
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