Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 12, 3535–3550, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3535-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3535–3550, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3535-2018

Research article 13 Nov 2018

Research article | 13 Nov 2018

Monitoring snow depth change across a range of landscapes with ephemeral snowpacks using structure from motion applied to lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle videos

Richard Fernandes et al.

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The use of lightweight UAV-based surveys of surface elevation to map snow depth and weekly snow depth change was evaluated over five study areas spanning a range of topography and vegetation cover. Snow depth was estimated with an accuracy of better than 10 cm in the vertical and 3 cm in the horizontal. Vegetation in the snow-free elevation map was a major source of error. As a result, the snow depth change between two dates with snow cover was estimated with an accuracy of better than 4 cm.