Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 3045–3065, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3045-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3045–3065, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3045-2018
Research article
26 Sep 2018
Research article | 26 Sep 2018

Dual-satellite (Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8) remote sensing of supraglacial lakes in Greenland

Andrew G. Williamson et al.

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A new approach is presented for automatically monitoring changes to area and volume of surface lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet using Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 satellite data. The dual-satellite record improves on previous work since it tracks changes to more lakes (including small ones), identifies more lake-drainage events, and has higher precision. The results also show that small lakes are important in ice-sheet hydrology as they route more surface run-off into the ice sheet than large lakes.