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Development of operational monitoring system for european glacial areas - synthesis of earth observation data of the present, past and future (OMEGA)

Objective

The goal of the OMEGA project is to develop an operational monitoring system for European glacial areas. This tool will be useful for operational glacier mass balance monitoring and in global change studies, since changes in glacier volume are indicators of global change. Our research will focus on the direct measures of glacier changes at local and regional scale based on modern developments in the glacier remote sensing. The rapid retreat or advance of glaciers is a potential economic and environmental threat for agriculture and tourism in the mountainous parts of Europe. Glacier monitoring is also important in applications, such as hydropower production, environmental conservation and natural hazard forecasting. An important contribute of OMEGA project will be to develop a cost effective monitoring system offering accurate and up-to-date information to authorities and the public.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU
Address
Luonnontieteiden Talo I
20014 Turku / Abo
Finland

Participants (8)

HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Otakaari 1
02015 Hut
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Wastiangasse 6
8010 Graz
LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
Address
52,Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
LEOPOLD-FRANZENS-UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
NORUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD.
Norway
Address
Forskningsparken Brelvik
9291 Tromsoe
NORWEGIAN WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY DIRECTORATE
Norway
Address
Middelthuns Gate 29
0301 Oslo
NOVOSAT OY
Finland
Address
Opastinsilta 12 B
00520 Helsinki
TOPSCAN GESELLSCHAFT ZUR ERFASSUNG TOPOGRAPHISCHER INFORMATION MBH
Germany
Address
Münsterstr. 19
48565 Steinfurt