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Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Snow and Ice for Global Change Studies

  • Richard Kelly
  • Dorothy K. Hall

Abstract

Snow and ice play a significant role in the Earth’s water cycle and are sensitive and informative indicators of climate change. Significant changes in terrestrial snow and ice water storage are forecast, and while evidence of large-scale changes is emerging, in situ measurements alone are insufficient to help us understand and explain these changes. Imaging remote sensing systems are capable of successfully observing snow and ice in the cryosphere. This chapter examines how those remote sensing sensors, that now have more than 35 years of observation records, are capable of providing information about snow cover, snow water equivalent, snow melt, ice sheet temperature and ice sheet albedo. While significant progress has been made, especially in the last 5 years, a better understanding is required of the records of satellite observations of these cryospheric variables.

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Remote Sensing Snow Cover Snow Depth Snow Water Equivalent Passive Microwave 
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