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Development of generic earth observation based snow parameter retrieval algorithms

Objective

ENVISAT data will be utilized to develop, validate and bring into operational use multisensor and multi emporal snow parameter retrieval algorithms applicable both for regional and global mapping . The products shall fulfil the hydrology users requirements for operational products. We will improve the understanding of microwaves and light interaction with snow and ground cover, and develop new and improved algorithms utilizing the complementary characteristics of optic and radar sensors. The main parameters are snow cover area snow water equivalent, snow wetness, Aledo and snow surface temperature. Signature data, data and models will be further developed in the retrieval algorithms and combined withairborne, spaceborne in-situ data. The resulting EO products will be included in updated hydrological modes for improved run-off prediction accuracy. Validation and demonstration of the results will be performed in various regions in Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NORUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD.
Address
Forskningsparken Brelvik
9291 Tromsoe
Norway

Participants (10)

AGENZIA REGIONALE PER LA PREVENZIONE E PROTEZIONE AMBIENTALE DEL VENTO
Italy
Address
Via Pradat 5
32020 Arabba
FINNISH ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
Kesaekatu 6
00251 Helsinki
GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTRE
Germany
Address
20,Muenchener Strasse 20
82234 Wessling
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
5A,otakaari 5A
02015 Espoo
KONGSBERG SATELLITE SERVICE AS
Norway
Address
Prestvannceien 38
9291 Tromsoe
LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
Address
52,Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Panciatichi 64
50127 Firenze
NORWEGIAN COMPUTING CENTER
Norway
Address
23,Gaustadalleen 23,
0134 Oslo
NORWEGIAN WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY DIRECTORATE
Norway
Address
Middelthuns Gate 29
0301 Oslo
OSTERREICHISCHE ELEKTRIZITAATSWIRTSCHAFTS AG, VERBUND
Austria
Address
Am Hof 6A
1010 Wien