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EO based services for glacier monitoring

Definition of EO based services for glacier monitoring, integration with state of the art ground-based observations, followed by the demonstration, implementation and validation of the services for the members of the User Group.

Project References
 Name GlobGlacier
 Title EO based services for glacier monitoring
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Cryosphere
 Cost €950k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (01/11/2007 - In progress)
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Landsat 7 : ETM
Project Description
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The main objectives of the GlobGlacier project were to:

  • Define EO based services for glacier monitoring based on the user requirements;
  • Integrate latest EO technology with state of the art ground-based observations;
  • Demonstrate and implement the services for the members of the User Group;
  • Validate the services;
  • Maintain a database of GlobGlacier products through the GLIMS database;
  • Thereby contribute to new scientific results in the domain of climate change detection, sea level contribution, climate modelling and hydrological modelling.

The GlobGlacier services covered glaciers from all over the world. The information products developed and demonstrated in the project responded to the operational needs and requirements of a certain number of users actively involved in the project. Additionally, these products provided an answer to the requirements of the GCOS implementation plan for UNFCCC, which defined Glaciers and Ice Caps as one of the Essential Climate Variables. The products also contributed to fulfilling the response to this implementation plan from the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS): "Satellite Observation of the Climate System - CEOS Response to the GCOS Implementation Plan".

Project Consortium
 Prime contractor UNIZH - PGD : University of Zurich - Department of Geography - Physical Geography Division
 Subcontractors ENVEO : ENVEO IT GmbH
University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment :
University of Oslo : University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences
User Partnership
 Users ARPA-Lombardia : Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment - Lombardy
Comitato Glaciologico Italiano : Comitato Glaciologico Italiano
GLIMS : Global Land Ice Measurements from Space
MPI-Met : Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
NVE : Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate
Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta : Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta
The University of Manchester : The University of Manchester
UNBC - University of Northern British Columbia : UNBC - University of Northern British Columbia
University of Colorado : University of Colorado
WC2N - CFCAS : Western Canadian Cryospheric Network - Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
WGMS : World Glacier Monitoring Service
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr Frank Paul
Physical Geography Division
University of Zurich - Irchel
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zurich,Switzerland
Tel.: +41 44 635 51 75
Fax.: +41 44 635 68 48
 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
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