Articles | Volume 3, issue 4
Research article
14 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 14 Dec 2015

Estimating the volume of Alpine glacial lakes

S. J. Cook and D. J. Quincey


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AR by Simon Cook on behalf of the Authors (23 Nov 2015)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Nov 2015) by Jens Turowski
RR by Juergen Herget (27 Nov 2015)
ED: Publish as is (27 Nov 2015) by Jens Turowski
ED: Publish as is (27 Nov 2015) by Tom Coulthard (Editor)
AR by Simon Cook on behalf of the Authors (02 Dec 2015)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
We compiled data on Alpine glacial lake morphometry to test empirical relationships that are used to estimate lake volume for the modelling of glacial lake outburst floods. We find wide scatter in the relationship between lake area and depth, and between area and volume, and identify contexts where existing empirical relationships are poor volume predictors. We generate a data-driven conceptual model of how lake volume should be expected to scale with area for a range of glacial lake contexts.