Term: Summer season Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: The time span from the end of the winter season to the end of the mass-balance year. The length of the summer season may vary greatly from year to year. The term is best suited to glaciers of winter-accumulation type. In the stratigraphic system the summer season starts when the glacier has attained maximum mass and ends when the glacier has attained minimum mass. In the floating-date system and the fixed-date system, the mass is not necessarily at its Annual maximum or minimum when the summer season starts or ends.  IHPGlacierMassBalance