Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1279–1295, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1279–1295, 2016
Research article
20 Jun 2016
Research article | 20 Jun 2016

Application and validation of long-range terrestrial laser scanning to monitor the mass balance of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps

Mauro Fischer et al.

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Short summary
This study provides the first thorough validation of geodetic glacier mass changes derived from close-range high-resolution remote sensing techniques, and highlights the potential of terrestrial laser scanning for repeated mass balance monitoring of very small alpine glaciers. The presented methodology is promising, as laborious and potentially dangerous in situ measurements as well as the spatial inter- and extrapolation of point measurements over the entire glacier can be circumvented.