Shishper Glacier surge

The surging of Shishper Glacier in 2019 blocked a river valley, leading to the formation of an ice-dammed lake.

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 expansion and glacier terminus advance:

Glacier velocities during the surge:

Onset of the terminus advance in April/May 2018:

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


  • Bhambri, R. Hewitt, K. Kawishwar, P. and Pratap, B. 2017. Surge-type and surge-modified glaciers in the Karakoram. Scientific Reports. 7(1), p15391.
  • Bhambri, R., Watson, C.S., Hewitt, K. et al. The hazardous 2017–2019 surge and river damming by Shispare Glacier, Karakoram. Sci Rep 10, 4685 (2020).

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