Term: Total mass balance Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: The sum of the climatic-basal mass balance and frontal ablation, or equivalently the sum of accumulation and ablation; a synonym of mass balance. The adjective 'total' was formerly a technical term in the stratigraphic system (Anonymous 1969; Appendix: A). It is now needed only when it is important to emphasize that all the components of the mass balance are being studied.  IHPGlacierMassBalance