Articles | Volume 17, issue 11
Research article
02 Jun 2017
Research article |  | 02 Jun 2017

Glacier evolution in high-mountain Asia under stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection geoengineering

Liyun Zhao, Yi Yang, Wei Cheng, Duoying Ji, and John C. Moore

Data sets

Randolph Glacier Inventory – A Dataset of Global Glacier Outlines: Version 5.0 A. Arendt, A. Bliss, T. Bolch, J. G. Cogley, A. S. Gardner, J.-O. Hagen, R. Hock, M. Huss, G. Kaser, C. Kienholz, W. T. Pfeffer, G. Moholdt, F. Paul, V. Radi\'{c}, L. Andreassen, S. Bajracharya, N. E. Barrand, M. Beedle, E. Berthier, R. Bhambri, I. Brown, E. Burgess, D. Burgess, F. Cawkwell, T. Chinn, L. Copland, B. Davies, H. De Angelis, E. Dolgova, L. Earl, K. Filbert, R. Forester, A. G. Fountain, H. Frey, B. Giffen, N. Glasser, W. Q. Guo, S. Gurney, W. Hagg, D. Hall, U. K. Haritashya, G. Hartmann, C. Helm, S. Herreid, I. Howat, G. Kapustin, T. Khromova, M. K\"{o}nig, J. Kohler, D. Kriegel, S. Kutuzov, I. Lavrentiev, R. LeBris, S. Y. Liu, J. Lund, W. Manley, R. Marti, C. Mayer, E. S. Miles, X. Li, B. Menounos, A. Mercer, N. M\"{o}lg, P. Mool, G. Nosenko, A. Negrete, T. Nuimura, C. Nuth, R. Pettersson, A. Racoviteanu, R. Ranzi, P. Rastner, F. Rau, B. Raup, J. Rich, H. Rott, A. Sakai, C. Schneider, Y. Seliverstov, M. Sharp, O. Sigur\v{o}sson, C. Stokes, R. G.. Way, R. Wheate, S. Winsvold, G. Wolken, F. Wyatt, and N. Zheltyhina

Hole-filled seamless SRTM data V4, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) A. Jarvis, H. I. Reuter, A. Nelson, and E. Guevara

Updated high-resolution grids of monthly climatic observations – the CRU TS3.10 Dataset ( I. Harris, P. D. Jones, T. J. Osborn, and D. H. Lister

A description of the global land--surface precipitation data products of the Global Precipitation Climatology Centre with sample applications including centennial (trend) analysis from 1901–present A. Becker, P. Finger, A. Meyer-Christoffer, B. Rudolf, K. Schamm, U. Schneider, and M. Ziese

Short summary
We find stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection geoengineering, G3, can slow shrinkage of high-mountain Asia glaciers by about 50 % by 2069 relative to losses from RCP8.5. The reduction in mean precipitation expected for solar geoengineering is less important than the temperature-driven shift from solid to liquid precipitation for forcing Himalayan glacier change. The termination of geoengineering in 2069 leads to temperature rise of 1.3 °C and corresponding increase in glacier volume loss rate.
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