Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Research article
14 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 14 Jul 2022

Volume, evolution, and sedimentation of future glacier lakes in Switzerland over the 21st century

Tim Steffen, Matthias Huss, Rebekka Estermann, Elias Hodel, and Daniel Farinotti


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esurf-2022-12', Greta Wells, 29 Mar 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Daniel Farinotti, 09 Jun 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on esurf-2022-12', Jan-Christoph Otto, 19 May 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Daniel Farinotti, 09 Jun 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Daniel Farinotti on behalf of the Authors (09 Jun 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Jun 2022) by Susan Conway
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (22 Jun 2022) by Andreas Lang(Editor)
Short summary
Climate change is rapidly altering high-alpine landscapes. The formation of new lakes in areas becoming ice free due to glacier retreat is one of the many consequences of this process. Here, we provide an estimate for the number, size, time of emergence, and sediment infill of future glacier lakes that will emerge in the Swiss Alps. We estimate that up to ~ 680 potential lakes could form over the course of the 21st century, with the potential to hold a total water volume of up to ~ 1.16 km3.