Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1361-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1361-2016
Research article
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04 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 04 Jul 2016

Mapping snow depth in open alpine terrain from stereo satellite imagery

R. Marti, S. Gascoin, E. Berthier, M. de Pinel, T. Houet, and D. Laffly

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To date, there is no definitive approach to map snow depth in mountainous areas from spaceborne sensors. We used very-high-resolution stereo satellites imagery (Pléiades) to generate a map of snow depth in a small Pyrenean catchment. The validation results are promising and open the possibility to retrieve the snow depth at a metric horizontal resolution in remote mountainous areas, even when no field data are available.