Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 511–522, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-511-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 511–522, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-511-2016
Research article
04 Mar 2016
Research article | 04 Mar 2016

Using a fixed-wing UAS to map snow depth distribution: an evaluation at peak accumulation

Carlo De Michele et al.

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We investigate snow depth distribution at peak accumulation over a small Alpine area using photogrammetry-based surveys with a fixed wing unmanned aerial system. Results reveal that UAS estimations of point snow depth present an average difference with reference to manual measurements equal to -0.073 m. Moreover, in this case study snow depth standard deviation (hence coefficient of variation) increases with decreasing cell size, but it stabilizes for resolutions smaller than 1 m.