Annual AAR

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Term: Annual AAR
Definition: The AAR at the end of the mass-balance year. Annual AARs can vary greatly from year to year, but an average over a number of years, when compared with the Balanced-budget AAR, gives a measure of the health of the glacier. If the difference is large and in the same direction over a considerable time, a prolonged period of non-zero mass balance can be expected as the glacier seeks equilibrium.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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