Glaciers Dynamics Over the Last One Century in the Kodori River Basin, Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, Abkhazeti
American Journal of Environmental Protection
Volume 4, Issue 3-1, May 2015, Pages: 22-28
Received: Feb. 4, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 5, 2015; Published: Jun. 25, 2015
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Levan G. Tielidze, Vakhushti Bagrationi Institute of Geography, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Lela Gadrani, Vakhushti Bagrationi Institute of Geography, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Mariam Tsitsagi, Vakhushti Bagrationi Institute of Geography, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Nino Chikhradze, Vakhushti Bagrationi Institute of Geography, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia; Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
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Abstract
This paper considers the last one century’s dynamics of the glaciers in the Kodori River basin, which is located on the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus in Georgia. The latest statistical information is also given about the glaciers located in the individual river basins; Their morphological types, exposition and the dynamics are considered according to the individual years. In our research, we used the Catalogue of the glaciers of Georgia compiled by K. Podozerskiy in 1911. We also used the military topographic maps with the scale of 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 drawn up in 1960, where there are mapped in detail the glaciers and the ends of their ice tongues on the southern slope of Greater Caucasus of those times. We also used the remote sensing method, which is the best modern way for the study of the dynamics of glaciers and this method is remarkable by a quick obtaining of results. The spectral images of the Landsat L5/TM and ASTER L1/A are the necessary materials for our study. As a result of the use of this method, we have identified the dynamics of the glaciers in the Kodori River basin.
Keywords
Glaciers Dynamics, Glaciers of Georgia Caucaus Mountains, Remote Sensing, Climate Change in Georgia, Glaciers of Abkhazeti
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Levan G. Tielidze, Lela Gadrani, Mariam Tsitsagi, Nino Chikhradze, Glaciers Dynamics Over the Last One Century in the Kodori River Basin, Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, Abkhazeti, American Journal of Environmental Protection. Special Issue:Applied Ecology: Problems, Innovations. Vol. 4, No. 3-1, 2015, pp. 22-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ajep.s.2015040301.14
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