Term: Meltwater discharge Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: See article Meltwater discharge under Discharge.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

The rate of flow through a cross section, usually a stream cross section, of water produced by melting of glacier ice, firn or snow that is removed from the glacier in surface, englacial or subglacial flows. See runoff. The measured discharge may include a contribution from rainfall on the glacier, and typically includes contributions from unglacierized parts of the drainage basin. Meltwater discharge is always reported as volume per unit time.  IHPGlacierMassBalance