Remote sensing of snow and ice
Remote Sensing of Snow and Ice by W. Gareth ReesMany advances in spaceborne instrumentation, remote sensing, and data analysis have occurred in recent years, but until now there has been no book that reflects these advances while delivering a uniform treatment of the remote sensing of frozen regions. Remote Sensing of Snowand Ice identifies unifying themes and ideas in these fields and presents them in a single volume. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the remote sensing of the Earth s cryosphere. Explaining why cryospheric observations are important and why remote sensing observations are essential, it offers thorough surveys of the physical properties of ice and snow, and of current and emerging remote sensing techniques.
Presenting a technical review of how the properties of snow and ice relate to remote sensing observations, the book focuses on principles by which useful geophysical information becomes encoded into the electromagnetic radiation detected during the remote sensing process. The author then discusses in detail the application of remote sensing methods to snow, freshwater ice, glaciers, and icebergs. The book concludes with a summary that examines what remote sensing has revealed about the cryosphere, where major technical problems still exist, and how these problems can be addressed.
Remote Sensing of Ice and Snow
Photograph by D. Snow in Colorado - February Snow on the ground influences biological, chemical, and geological process. Many areas of the world rely on the snowmelt for irrigation and drinking water. It is necessary to monitor snowpacks closely throughout the winter and spring for assessment of water supply and flooding potential.
Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. Over the large ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, melting is one of the drivers for mass losses, either through direct runoff or through the impact on ice dynamics. It first describes the general considerations concerning techniques for melt detection, using either optical or microwave data. The chapter presents a brief description of the electromagnetic properties of both dry and wet snow.
Remote Sensing of Snow Cover
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With these set of goals in mind, the author delivers a close to perfect piece of work. The book is very well structured. It covers introductory review chapters on the cryosphere, remote sensing, and image processing techniques. It then ties the cryospheric constituents to physical properties that can be quantitatively measured. The following five chapters describe the use of remote sensing in the respective fields of the cryosphere. The final conclusions are accurate and to the point. The book provides an extensive bibliography and a good index.