(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Current behaviour and dynamics of the lowermost Italian glacier (Montasio Occidentale, Julian Alps)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CARTURAN L. (1) ; BALDASSI G.A. (1) ; BONDESAN A. (2) ; CALLIGARO S. (1) ; CARTON A. (2) ; CAZORZI F. (3) ; DALLA FONTANA G. (1) ; FRANCESE R. (4) ; GUARNIERI A. (5) ; MILAN N. (5) ; MORO D. (6) ; TAROLLI P. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Univ. of Padova, Legnaro, ITALIE
(2) Dep. of Geosciences, Univ., Padova, ITALIE
(3) Dept. of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Udine, ITALIE
(4) National Inst. of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Sgonico, ITALIE
(5) CIRGEO - Inter departemental Research Center for Geomatics, Univ. of Padova, Legnaro, ITALIE
(6) Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Dir. centrale ricorse rurali agroalimentari e forestali, Serv. del corpo forestale regionale, Udine, ITALIE


The AA. present an integrated approach for characterizing the current behaviour of a small, avalanche-fed glacier at low altitude in the Italian Alps, combining geomorphological, geophysical and high-resolution geodetic surveying with a terrestrial laser scanner. The glacier is still active and shows a detectable mass transfer from the accumulation area to the lower ablation area, which is covered by a thick debris mantle. The glacier owes its existence to the local topo-climatic conditions, ensured by high rock walls which enhance accumulation by delivering avalanche snow and reduce ablation by providing topographic shading and regulating the debris budget of the glacier catchment. In the last several years the glacier has displayed peculiar behaviour compared with most glaciers of the European Alps, being close to equilibrium conditions in spite of warm ablation seasons. The AA. infer for this glacier a lower sensitivity to air temperature and a higher sensitivity to precipitation, associated with important feedback from increasing debris cover during unfavourable periods


Article of periodic

published at : Geografiska annaler. Series A. Physical geography / ISSN 0435-3676 / CODEN GAPGAP

Editor : Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi, Stockholm - SUEDE (1965)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 95, no1 [pp. 79-96]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 12 fig.




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