Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1501-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1501-2017
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30 Jun 2017
Research article |  | 30 Jun 2017

Winter mass balance of Drangajökull ice cap (NW Iceland) derived from satellite sub-meter stereo images

Joaquín M. C. Belart, Etienne Berthier, Eyjólfur Magnússon, Leif S. Anderson, Finnur Pálsson, Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson, Ian M. Howat, Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, Tómas Jóhannesson, and Alexander H. Jarosch

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Sub-meter satellite stereo images (Pléiades and WorldView2) are used to accurately measure snow accumulation and winter mass balance of Drangajökull ice cap. This is done by creating and comparing accurate digital elevation models. A glacier-wide geodetic mass balance of 3.33 ± 0.23 m w.e. is derived between October 2014 and May 2015. This method could be easily transposable to remote glaciated areas where seasonal mass balance measurements (especially winter accumulation) are lacking.