Remote Sensing of Snow Cover

Dieter Scherer, Dorothy K. Hall, Volker Hochschild, Max König, Jan Gunnar Winther, Claude R. Duguay, Frédérique Pivot, Christian Mätzler, Frank Rau, Klaus Seidel, Rune Solberg, Anne E. Walker

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This chapter is dedicated to remote sensing of snow as one of the most important cryospheric components to be considered in Northern Hydrology. After a short introduction, general approaches in optical, thermal infrared, active and passive microwave, and airborne gamma remote sensing, including the most important systems, are presented and discussed. Then, specific applications of remote sensing of snow cover are shown, grouped by the respective snow properties, i.e., snow-covered area, liquid water content, snow water equivalent, snow reflectance, snow grain size, snow depth, and snow temperature. Finally, conclusions are drawn with respect to unresolved issues and future research needs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemote Sensing in Northern Hydrology
Subtitle of host publicationMeasuring Environmental Change
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781118666425
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr. 2013


  • Ice-Remote sensing
  • Snow-Remote sensing


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