Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Glaciers at Global and Regional Scales"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
Interests: glaciology; mass balance; remote sensing; altimetry; gravimetry; modelling
Interests: glaciology; feature tracking; altimetry; mass change; remote sensing
Interests: remote sensing; snow and ice surface properties; land–atmosphere interactions; glaciology
Interests: remote sensing; altimetry; glaciology; mass balance; Arctic; Antarctica
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Mountain glaciers and ice-caps are often nicknamed ‘nature's thermometers’. Because of their relatively small size and high mass turnover rates, they show a rapid response to changes in the climate, and are one of the most visible indicators of a changing climate. Retreat and shrinkage of glaciers have been globally observed over the last century, and comes with profound societal, economic and environmental impacts, such as the release of freshwater into the oceans, glacier lake outbursts and landslides, and changes in local water availability for water consumption, hydro-electric power generation, agriculture and irrigation.
The total amount of ice stored in glaciers and ice caps is only a small fraction (~1%) of the volume of the vast Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets. Yet, in the latest IPCC report, they were estimated to be the single largest land contributor to sea level rise in the 20th century, accounting for about 0.7 mm/y between 1901 and 1990. Until the mid-2000s, such estimates were mainly based on extrapolation of a limited number of in situ observations of relatively small glaciers, often located in easily accessible locations with a maritime climate, which comes with large uncertainties.
The advent of satellite remote sensing has led to a leap forward in our understanding of the state of the cryosphere as it provides regular, near-global coverage of the Earth's glaciated regions. In this Special Issue, we invite contributions focusing on recent and upcoming advances in the application of satellite remote sensing to monitoring changes in the state of the Earth's mountain glaciers and ice caps. This excludes the main ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, but we do welcome studies focusing on their peripheral glaciers and ice caps, including the Antarctic Peninsula. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- variations in the volume and mass of glacier regions from gravimetry, altimetry, photogrammetry, etc.
- changes in their extent and surface properties (such as surface albedo)
- changes in the flow behavior of glacier regions, e.g., surface velocity and discharge
- first results from recently launched satellites (e.g., ESA's Sentinels) and the potential of upcoming missions (e.g., ICESat-2, GRACE-FO)
- multi-platform merging and the combination of satellite observations with historical data sources
- integration and assimilation of satellite remote sensing data into Earth system models
- novel applications of data processing, such as machine learning and “big data” analysis
Dr. Alex Gardner
Dr. Stef Lhermitte
Dr. Geir Moholdt
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- Glacier changes
- Glacier mass balance
- Glacier elevation and volume changes
- Glacier flow velocities and discharge
- Glacier extent and surface properties
- Multi-platform merging
- Optical and microwave imaging
- Gravimetry, altimetry, photogrammetry, SAR
- Recently launched and upcoming mission