Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 12, 3477–3497, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3477-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3477–3497, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3477-2018

Research article 08 Nov 2018

Research article | 08 Nov 2018

Repeat mapping of snow depth across an alpine catchment with RPAS photogrammetry

Todd A. N. Redpath et al.

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AR by Todd Redpath on behalf of the Authors (08 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Sep 2018) by Martin Schneebeli
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (17 Sep 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (02 Oct 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Oct 2018) by Martin Schneebeli
AR by Todd Redpath on behalf of the Authors (11 Oct 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
A remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) is evaluated for mapping seasonal snow depth across an alpine basin. RPAS photogrammetry performs well at providing maps of snow depth at high spatial resolution, outperforming field measurements for resolving spatial variability. Uncertainty and error analysis reveal limitations and potential pitfalls of photogrammetric surface-change analysis. Ultimately, RPAS can be a useful tool for understanding snow processes and improving snow modelling efforts.