The North and South Klawatti glaciers are adjacent glaciers in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. During 1947–61 North Klawatti Glacier lost volume, equivalent to a mean decrease in thickness of 8.3 m over the glacier area, whereas South Klawatti Glacier gained volume, equivalent to an increase in thickness of 5.8 m. Although the glaciers are in the same climate, they have different distributions of area with altitude, resulting in different responses to climatic variations.
A quadratic equation is assumed to approximate the relation of mass balance to altitude for both Klawatti glaciers. The coefficients of the equation are derived by comparing the calculated mass change to the mass change for each glacier estimated from topographic maps. The resultant relation of mass balance to altitude is the mean for the time period between maps (1947–61).
Steady-state longitudinal profiles of both glaciers were obtained by shifting the existing mass-balance versus altitude curve by a magnitude equal to the measured mean annual mass balance. To produce steady-state conditions, the equilibrium-line altitudes of both glaciers would need to move less than 90 m (85 m higher for South Klawatti Glacier and 88 m lower for North Klawatti Glacier).