(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Glacier retreat and climate change : documenting the last 50 years of Alpine glacier history from area and geometry changes of Dosdè Piazzi glaciers (Lombardy Alps, Italy)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

DIOLAIUTI G.A. (1) ; MARAGNO D. (1) ; D'AGATA C. (1) ; SMIRAGLIA C. (1) ; BOCCHIOLA D. (2) ;
(1) Univ., Milano, ITALIE
(2) Politecnico di Milano, Milano, ITALIE


The paper analyses and discusses the recent evolution of a representative glacierized group within the Italian Alps, the Piazzi—Dosdè, where small glaciers are experiencing considerable retreat and shrinking. The AA. analysed aerial photos to calculate area and geometry changes in the time window 1954—2003, and glaciological and geomorphological surveys were also performed. Moreover, analysis of the most recent orthophotos acquired during the summer of 2003 under exceptional conditions (i.e. total absence of snow cover) allowed observation and mapping of changes affecting glacier shape and morphology. From a geodynamical perspective, the Dosdè Piazzi is now experiencing transition from a glacial system to a paraglacial one; areas where in the past the shaping and driving factors were glaciers are now subject to the action of melting water, slope evolution and periglacial processes


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 35, no2 [pp. 161-182]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 8 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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