Shishper Glacier surge

Location 36.36N, 74.58E
Also known as Shishpar Glacier, Hassanabad Glacier
Surge history 1904-1905, 1972-1976, 1993-2002, 2017/2018-

Ice-dammed lake formed during the surge of Shishper Glacier

Ice-dammed lake expansion and glacier terminus advance:

Glacier velocities during the surge:

Glacier velocity of Shishper Glacier surge

Onset of the terminus advance in April/May 2018:

Animation of the surging Shishper Glaicer from PlanetScope imagery

Planet Team (2019). Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA.

Animation of the surging Shishper Glaicer from Sentinel-2 imagery


  • Bhambri, R. Hewitt, K. Kawishwar, P. and Pratap, B. 2017. Surge-type and surge-modified glaciers in the Karakoram. Scientific Reports. 7(1), p15391.