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Space borne measurements of arctic glaciers and implications for sea level.

Space borne measurements of arctic glaciers and implications for sea level.

Objective

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).

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF OSLO

Address

Mollke Moes Vei 85
0316 Oslo

Norway

Administrative Contact

Toril JOHANSSON

Participants (5)

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NATIONAL SURVEY AND CADASTRE

Denmark

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

Iceland

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

WISE & MUNRO LEARNING RESEARCH

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00152

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 049 881

  • EU contribution

    € 1 049 881

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF OSLO

Norway