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GLASNOWMAP

GLAciers and SNOW MAPping Information Service

Definition and implementation of an information service for monitoring of glacier and snow cover changes in Alpine regions, based on the combined use of radar and optical satellite multi-scale observations, ground data and geographic information systems.

 
Project References
 Name GLASNOWMAP
 Title GLAciers and SNOW MAPping Information Service
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Cryosphere
 Cost €250k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (16/10/2001 – 02/2004)
 Sensors ENVISAT : AATSR
ENVISAT : ASAR
ENVISAT : MERIS
ERS-1 : ATSR-1
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
NOAA : AVHRR
 
Project Description
 Objectives

The project proposed to define and implement an information service for monitoring of glacier and snow cover changes in Alpine regions. It was based on the combined use of radar and optical satellite multi-scale observations, ground data and geographic information. As a value added product, a dynamic snow-melt runoff model fed by remote sensing derived information for water resource management was tested and validated.

The project achieved the following results:

  • Provision of a system for glacier monitoring through the combined use of ASAR observation at 30 m resolution, Landsat TM images and the Digital Terrain model; monitoring includes the identification of accumulation and ablation basin, and the snow transient line (equilibrium line)
  • Quantification of the annual variations of the Lys, Adamello and Allalin glaciers by computing glaciological parameters
  • Provision of a system for generating snow-cover accumulation maps in winter and snow cover depletion maps in Spring and Summer using ENVISAT data for input into catchment scale discharge models
  • An on-line system that can be used to generate, download and integrate remote sensing data with other information for use by end-users engaged in the above activities
 
 Results Executive summary
Final Report
User Requirements Document
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor CGS : CARLO GAVAZZI SPACE S.P.A.
 Subcontractors CNR-IREA MI : Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute for the Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA) - Milan
GAMMA : GAMMA REMOTE SENSING A.G.
 
User Partnership
 Users ARPA-Valle d'Aosta : Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment - Valle d'Aosta
CGI : Italian Glaciological Committee
RAVA : Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta - department of Territory and Environment
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Maria Lucia Tampellini
Carlo Gavazzi Space
Via Gallarate 150
Milano
Italy
Tel. 39 02-38048249
Tax. 39 02-3086458
Email: ltampellini@cgspace.it
 Technical Officer Frank Martin Seifert
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel.: +39 06-941-80560
Fax: +39 06-941-80552
Email: frank.martin.seifert@esa.int
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