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  • Station or cluster: CryoNet Station
  • Type: Primary
  • Attribute(s):
  • Belongs to cluster: Altay site
  • WMO ID (if any):
  • Shape: point
  • Latitude, longitude: 47.06, 85.56
  • Altitude and/or range (m): 3500
  • Landscape: Glacier
  • Year established: 2014
  • Year-round? Yes
  • Operations contact: Zhongqin Li
  • Science contact: Feiteng Wang
  • Data contact: Feiteng Wang

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Muz Taw glacier station
Primary CryoNet Station Information

Muz Taw glacier station located at the northern side of the Altay Mountains with an area of 4.27 km2. The elevation from glacier terminus to the highest point ranges from 3090 to 3800 m, and the glacier length is 3.7 km. The snow line of this glacier is 3310 m, and the ice volume is 0.28 km3 with an average ice thickness of 66 m. Now the Muz Taw glacier has shrunk extremely due to dramatic melting in the past few decades. The observation of Muz Taw glacier station began in 2014 which involved the observation of glacier mass balance, terminal change, movement speed, and the meteorological phenomena of glacial zone.

Measurement Methods Used

Data Information


The measurements made at Muz Taw glacier station are listed in the following tables. (Note: If End Year is blank, measurements are ongoing.)

Cryosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
GlacierAnnual mass balance2014Continuous

Atmosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
MetAir temperature2014Continuous
MetHumidity/vapour pressure2014Continuous
MetWind speed and direction2014Continuous
MetAir pressure2014Continuous
MetTotal precipitation2014Continuous
RadiationDownwelling shortwave2014Continuous
RadiationUpwelling shortwave2014Continuous

Last updated: 31 May 2017