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Peculiar phenomena regarding climatic and glacial variations on the Tibetan Plateau

  • Yafeng Shi (a1), Shiyin Liu (a1), Donghui Shangguan (a1), Donglian Li (a1) and Baisheng Ye (a1)...

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In contrast to the worldwide intensive warming and consequent glacier shrinkage during the last 30 years, two peculiar phenomena have been observed on the Tibetan Plateau: (1) the temperature has decreased about 0.6˚C on the northern Tibetan Plateau, with smaller than average glacier retreat and meltwater discharge, and (2) a number of glaciers have been advancing on the southeast Tibetan Plateau in response to increased precipitation. These observations indicate the complex nature of the response of glaciers to climate changes.

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