Integrated CryoNet Cluster Information
Stations in This Site
This site is comprised of the following stations:
- Terminus Station - Contributing Station
- Lower Station - Contributing Station
- Middle Station - Contributing Station
Broad Research Focus
The Koxkar site focus on various aspects of large valley mountain glaciers including, for example, glacier physics, historical and current glacier changes, meltwater runoff characteristics, projections of glacial features in a changing climate.
Representativeness of the Cluster
The Koxkar site is located in western Tien Shan where many large valley glacier are nourshed. These glaciers contribute large proportion of fresh water to the extreme arid lowland - the Tarim Basin, and thus, is very important to maintain the functionality of the populated society. The basecamp of the site is located near the terminus of one of the large glaciers - the Koxkar Glacier where glacial features are similar to other big ice mass in the vicinity. Long-term observations upon glacier and glacial runoff in the Koxkar site will obtain unique and precious dataset of large valley glaciers with complex landscape to study glacier responses in a changing climate.
A temporary dwelling with area of 230 square meters was built in the site to accomodate the faculty staffs and researchers Indoor toilet and shower room are available. Internet web and cellphone services are provided.
- Are the data quality controlled? yes
- How are the data accessible?
- Data availability (may depend on the variable measured):
Additional Information Documents
The measurements made at Koxkar are listed in the following tables. This is a combination of measurements made at the stations within the site, where the start and end years in the tables are the earliest and latest years of measurement. (Note: If End Year is blank, measurements are ongoing.)
Measurement Notes and Other Measurements
|Category||Description or List|
|Hydrology||Meltwater runoff, since 2003, continuous.|