Sensors on space platforms offer unique opportunities for the study of ice caps. In principle it must be possible to derive from satellite data all components of the mass budget and their sensitivity to climate change. This requires integration of data obtained with different sensors, on different dates, and with a varying spatial resolution and quality of calibration. The goal of this project is to develop a scheme in which satellite data of a different nature can be combined to determine and monitor the mass budget of ice caps. In situ measurements will be collected and used to validate and improve retrieval schemes for Aledo, surface height, velocity, calving rate, and determination of glacier fancies. The target ice caps are: central West Greenland, vatnajokull (Iceland), Kongsvegen and Nordaustlandet (Svalbard), and Severnaya Zemlya (Russia).
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts