Special Issue "Cryospheric Remote Sensing"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2013)
Dr. Gareth Rees
Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 1ER, UK
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Interests: remote sensing of glaciers; dynamics of snow cover; impact of industrial pollution on high-latitude vegetation; impact of reindeer grazing on tundra vegetation; PPS arctic/tundra-taiga initiative
The cryosphere—the Earth's icy regions—embraces sea ice, lake and river ice, ice sheets, ice caps and glaciers, icebergs, snow cover, permafrost and frozen ground generally. The above-surface part of the cryosphere occupies around one sixth of the Earth's surface, and is located in places that are generally very remote from human habitation and infrastructure, and in challenging climatic conditions. Its study is thus well suited to the use of remote sensing techniques, especially those operated from spaceborne platforms, and snow and ice research was early to adopt remote sensing methods and to develop new algorithms for extracting information from them. Quantitative data on the cryosphere are urgently needed to enhance our understanding of the behaviour of the global climate system, as well as for more locally centred applications, and some of the best known and most telling indications of climatic behaviour have been obtained from cryospheric measurements. In this special issue of Remote Sensing, we hope to be able to present a broad view of the state of the art in cryospheric remote sensing. Contributions are invited that present new measurements of any of the components of the cryosphere using data collected from spaceborne or airborne (including UAV) platforms with passive or active remote sensing systems, or new ways of collecting or analysing remotely sensed data. Review papers are also welcome.
Dr. Gareth Rees
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- sea ice
- river ice
- lake ice
- ice sheet
- ice cap
- frozen ground