1. Combined processes (such as melting, sublimation, evaporation, calving) which remove snow or ice from a glacier or from a snow field. Also used to express the quantity lost by these processes.

2. Reduction of the water equivalent of snow cover by melting, evaporation, wind and avalanches.



UNESCO/WMO International Glossary of Hydrology (2nd revised ed., 1992)




Posted on October 9, 2013 .