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Glaciological and meteorological records of the Austrian OMEGA glaciers

Detailed records of the mass balance of three glaciers in the alpine OMEGA region have been established for the years 2001-2003.

These data are supplemented by meteorological records of 7 stations in that area, including temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, humidity, air pressure, and snow cover. The records are compared to long-term averages.

Density profiles of near-surface firn have been analysed for 15 locations on Hintereisferner since 1964. These profiles are an essential input for the determination of mass balance from remote sensing and geodetic measurements.

Relevance and potential:
- Mass balance and its relation to the climatic environment is the basic information on changes in a glacial area.

- Density profiles are an essential input for the determination of mass balance from remote sensing and geodetic measurements.

- The OMEGA data set includes the summer of 2003, which is extreme in glaciological and meteorological statistics.

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Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics - University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Austria
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