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https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-559-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-559-2015
Research article
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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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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.