Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 15–27, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 15–27, 2016

Research article 15 Jan 2016

Research article | 15 Jan 2016

Estimating supraglacial lake depth in West Greenland using Landsat 8 and comparison with other multispectral methods

A. Pope et al.

Data sets

In situ spectral reflectance and depth of a supraglacial lake in Greenland Marco Tedesco Nicholas Steiner Allen Pope

Short summary
Liquid water stored on the surface of ice sheets and glaciers, such as that in surface (supraglacial) lakes, plays a key role in the glacial hydrological system. Multispectral remote sensing can be used to detect lakes and estimate their depth. Here, we use in situ data to assess lake depth retrieval using the recently launched Landsat 8. We validate Landsat 8-derived depths and provide suggestions for future applications. We apply our method to a case study are in Greenland for summer 2014.