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Journal of Arid Land  2017, Vol. 9 Issue (1): 87-97    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-016-0021-z
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Spatial and temporal patterns of the inter-annual oscillations of glacier mass over Central Asia inferred from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data
Chuandong ZHU1,2,*(), Yang LU1,2, Hongling SHI1,2, Zizhan ZHANG1,2,3
1 State Key Laboratory of Geodesy and Earth’s Dynamics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430077, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin, Austin 78759, USA
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Monitoring glacier mass balance is crucial to managing water resources and also to understanding climate change for the arid and semi-arid regions of Central Asia. This study extracted the inter-annual oscillations of glacier mass over Central Asia from the first ten principal components (S-PCs) of filtered variability via multichannel singular spectral analysis (MSSA), based on gridded data of glacier mass inferred from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data obtained from July 2002 to March 2015. Two significant cycles of glacier mass balance oscillations were identified. The first cycle with a period of 6.1-year accounted for 54.5% of the total variance and the second with a period of 2.3-year accounted for 4.3%. The 6.1-year oscillation exhibited a stronger variability compared with the 2.3-year oscillation. For the 6.1-year oscillation, the results from lagged cross-correlation function suggested that there were significant correlations between glacier mass balances and precipitation variations with the precipitation variations leading the response of glacier mass balances by 9-16 months.

Key wordsGravity Recovery and Climate Experiment      glacier mass balance      multichannel singular spectral analysis      Central Asia     
Received: 04 November 2015      Published: 31 July 2017
Corresponding Authors: Chuandong ZHU     E-mail:
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Chuandong ZHU, Yang LU, Hongling SHI, Zizhan ZHANG. Spatial and temporal patterns of the inter-annual oscillations of glacier mass over Central Asia inferred from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data. Journal of Arid Land, 2017, 9(1): 87-97.

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