Dwindling Relevance of Large Volcanic Eruptions for Global Glacier Changes in the Anthropocene

  title={Dwindling Relevance of Large Volcanic Eruptions for Global Glacier Changes in the Anthropocene},
  author={Michael Zemp and Ben Marzeion},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
  • M. Zemp, B. Marzeion
  • Published 13 July 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • Geophysical Research Letters
Large volcanic eruptions impact climate through the injection of ash and sulfur‐containing gases into the atmosphere. While the ash particles fall out rapidly, the gases are converted to sulfate aerosols that reflect solar radiation in the stratosphere and cause a lowering of the global mean surface temperature. Earlier studies have suggested that major volcanic eruptions resulted in positive mass balances and advances of glaciers. Here, we perform a multivariate analysis to decompose global… 


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