The second 4 year phase of a long-term observation program on Lewis Glacier, Mount Kenya, was completed in March 1986. As for the 1978–82 interval, net-balance results at a stake network and repeated mapping of the ice-surface topography allowed assessment of the mass economy by both “glaciological” and “geodetic” methods.
The general findings from the 1978–82 observations are confirmed: the vertical flow component is directed downward in the upper glacier, and upward in the lower glacier; surface lowering and negative net balance increase down-glacier; ice flow mitigates surface lowering by the negative net balance in the lower glacier, but enhances it in the upper glacier. However, the major difference between the 1982–86 and 1978–82 periods is the progressive slow-down of ice flow. This entails a reduction of mass redistribution, in consequence of which the surface lowering becomes increasingly dependent on the in-situ net balance. It is expected that this circumstance will simplify any inference on future glacier behavior.