Brief communication: Do 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0° C matter for the future evolution of Alpine glaciers?

Loris Compagno, Sarah Eggs, Matthias Huss, Harry Zekollari, Daniel Farinotti

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Abstract

With the Paris Agreement, the urgency of limiting ongoing anthropogenic climate change has been recognised. More recent discussions have focused on the difference of limiting the increase in global average temperatures below 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0g C compared to preindustrial levels. Here, we assess the impacts that such different scenarios would have on both the future evolution of glaciers in the European Alps and the water resources they provide. Our results show that even half-degree differences in global temperature targets have important implications for the changes predicted until 2100, and that-for the most optimistic scenarios-glaciers might start to partially recover, owing to possibly decreasing temperatures after the end of the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2593-2599
Number of pages7
JournalCryosphere
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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