Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 271–286, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-271-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 271–286, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-271-2018

Research article 23 Jan 2018

Research article | 23 Jan 2018

Monitoring glacier albedo as a proxy to derive summer and annual surface mass balances from optical remote-sensing data

Lucas Davaze et al.

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AR by Lucas Davaze on behalf of the Authors (05 Sep 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
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RR by Jeff Dozier (25 Oct 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 Oct 2017) by Valentina Radic
AR by Lucas Davaze on behalf of the Authors (03 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (24 Nov 2017) by Valentina Radic
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About 150 of the 250 000 inventoried glaciers are currently monitored with surface mass balance (SMB) measurements. To increase this number, we propose a method to retrieve annual and summer SMB from optical satellite imagery, with an application over 30 glaciers in the French Alps. Computing the glacier-wide averaged albedo allows us to reconstruct annual and summer SMB of most of the studied glaciers, highlighting the potential of this method to retrieve SMB of unmonitored glaciers.