Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 1

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The Problem of Firn-ice Patches in the Polish Tatras as an Indicator of Climatic Fluctuations

Bogdan Gądek

Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 1, pp. 41-52

Abstract

This paper attempts to determine the relationship between multi-annual variability of airtemperature, precipitation and wind velocity, and changes in the front limits of the perennialfirn-ice forms (glacierets) developing under different topographic conditions. Problems with thepalaeoclimatic interpretation of their internal structure are also discussed. The obtained resultsattest to the fact that fluctuations in firn-ice patches in the Tatras are probably most connectedwith the weather regimes in winter seasons. Similar changes of individual forms depend on theirsimilarity in terms of type of snow accumulation and the altitude at which they are located.

Keywords: glacierets, cryospheric indicators of climate change, Tatra Mts.