Journal cover Journal topic
The Cryosphere An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Research article
06 Mar 2014
Review status
This discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal The Cryosphere (TC). The revised manuscript was not accepted.
Glacier dynamics in the Western Italian Alps: a minimal model approach
D. Peano*,1, M. Chiarle1, and J. von Hardenberg2 1IRPI-CNR, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Torino, Italy
2ISAC-CNR, Corso Fiume 4, 10133 Torino, Italy
*now at: University Ca' Foscari, Venezia, Italy and CMCC, Bologna, Italy
Abstract. We study the response of a set of glaciers in the Western Italian Alps to climate variations using the minimal glacier modeling approach, first introduced by Oerlemans. The mathematical models are forced over the period 1959–2009, using temperature and precipitation recorded by a dense network of meteorological stations and we find a good match between the observed and modeled glacier length dynamics. Forcing the model with future projections from a state-of-the-art global climate model in the RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5 scenarios, we obtain a first estimate for the "expiration date" of these glaciers.

Citation: Peano, D., Chiarle, M., and von Hardenberg, J.: Glacier dynamics in the Western Italian Alps: a minimal model approach, The Cryosphere Discuss.,, 2014.
D. Peano et al.
Interactive discussionStatus: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version      Supplement - Supplement
RC C456: 'glacier dynamics, minimal approach', Anonymous Referee #1, 15 Apr 2014 Printer-friendly Version 
RC C462: 'Review of GLACIER DYNAMICS IN THE WESTERN ITALIAN ALPS: A MINIMAL MODEL APPROACH', Johannes Oerlemans, 15 Apr 2014 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
AC C1021: 'Final response', Daniele Peano, 30 Jun 2014 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
D. Peano et al.
D. Peano et al.


Total article views: 1,180 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)

HTML PDF XML Total BibTeX EndNote
582 497 101 1,180 48 69

Views and downloads (calculated since 06 Mar 2014)

Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 06 Mar 2014)



Latest update: 18 Oct 2017
Publications Copernicus