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Innovators II - GLOF

Glacial Lake Outflow Flood Mapping

Project References
 Name Innovators II - GLOF
 Title Glacial Lake Outflow Flood Mapping
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Cryosphere
 Cost €100k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (01/03/2009-31/10/2010)
 Sensors ALOS : PALSAR
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Project Description

To help build up local capacity and measures different organizations are active. ICIMOD, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, supported by UNEP and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) among others, is very active in the Himalayan Mountains. According to measurements taken by ICIMOD, temperature build-up in the Hindu Kush Himalayas exceeds the global average. The risk of devastating Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) has therefore increased substantially: While potentially calamitous outburst floods used to occur in the region every 200 to 300 years, ICIMOD reports that they now occur every 2-3 years. FOCUS is very active in Tajikistan in the Pamir Mountains supporting the local and national authorities to build awareness and capacity.

Within this proposed project we want to provide these organizations a service that addresses their need for information on glacial lakes, glacial lake extent and glacial lake extent change, with respect to GLOF. We propose to setup and demonstrate a service that allows to map and monitor glacial lakes based on very high resolution SAR data. The resulting information will be in a form that it can be easy integrated in the end-users GIS systems and used within the available infrastructure.

 Results Evolution and Evaluation Report
Project Consortium
 Subcontractors University of Oslo : University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences
User Partnership
 Users FOCUS : Focus Humanitarian Assistance
GAPHAZ : Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains working group
ICIMOD : The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr. Andreas Wiesmann
GAMMA Remote Sensing AG
Worbstrasse 225
CH-3073 Gumligen
Tel.: +41 31 951 7005
 Technical Officer Dr. Bojan Bojkov
European Space Agency/ESRIN
via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel.: +39 06-941.80543
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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