Journal article

Towards remote monitoring of sub-seasonal glacier mass balance

  • Huss, Matthias Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Sold, Leo Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Hoelzle, Martin Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Stokvis, Mazzal Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Salzmann, Nadine Department of Geography, University of Zürich, Switzerland - Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Farinotti, Daniel Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Zemp, Michael Department of Geography, University of Zürich, Switzerland
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    01.07.2013
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  • Annals of Glaciology. - 2013, vol. 54, no. 63, p. 75–83
English This study presents a method that allows continuous monitoring of mass balance for remote or inaccessible glaciers, based on repeated oblique photography. Hourly to daily pictures from two automatic cameras overlooking two large valley glaciers in the Swiss Alps are available for eight ablation seasons (2004–11) in total. We determine the fraction of snow-covered glacier surface from orthorectified and georeferenced images and combine this information with simple accumulation and melt modelling using meteorological data. By applying this approach, the evolution of glacier-wide mass balance throughout the ablation period can be directly calculated, based on terrestrial remote-sensing data. Validation against independent in situ mass-balance observations indicates good agreement. Our methodology has considerable potential for the remote determination of mountain glacier mass balance at high temporal resolution and could be applied using both repeated terrestrial and air-/spaceborne observations
Faculty
Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Department
Département de Géosciences
Language
  • English
Classification
Hydrology
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