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Contribution to Book
Theoretical Foundations of Remote Sensing for Glacier Assessment and Mapping
Global Land Ice Measurements from Space
  • Michael P. Bishop, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Andrew B. G. Bush, University of Alberta
  • Roberto Furfaro, University of Arizona
  • Alan R. Gillespie, University of Washington
  • Dorothy K. Hall, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Umesh K. Haritashya, University of Dayton
  • John F. Shroder, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
The international scientific community is actively engaged in assessing ice sheet and alpine glacier fluctuations at a variety of scales. The availability of stereoscopic, multitemporal, and multispectral satellite imagery from the optical wavelength regions of the electromagnetic spectrum has greatly increased our ability to assess glaciological conditions and map the cryosphere. There are, however, important issues and limitations associated with accurate satellite information extraction and mapping, as well as new opportunities for assessment and mapping that are all rooted in understanding the fundamentals of the radiation transfer cascade. We address the primary radiation transfer components, relate them to glacier dynamics and mapping, and summarize the analytical approaches that permit transformation of spectral variation into thematic and quantitative parameters. We also discuss the integration of satellite-derived information into numerical modeling approaches to facilitate understandings of glacier dynamics and causal mechanisms.
Inclusive pages
Place of Publication
Berlin, Germany
Peer Reviewed
Citation Information
Michael P. Bishop, Andrew B. G. Bush, Roberto Furfaro, Alan R. Gillespie, et al.. "Theoretical Foundations of Remote Sensing for Glacier Assessment and Mapping" Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (2014)
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