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Term: | Mass-balance gradient | Class: |
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Created 6 June 2017Last modified 6 June 2017Contributed by GCW GlossaryPermalink:n2t.net/ark:/99152/h2807 | |

Definition: | The rate of change of mass balance with altitude, that is, the derivative db/dz of the mass-balance profile b (z). If mass balance varies linearly with altitude, the mass-balance gradient will be constant with z; if not, the gradient will vary with z. The mass-balance gradient at the equilibrium-line altitude is called the activity index. IHPGlacierMassBalance
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