Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Research article
04 Dec 2019
Research article |  | 04 Dec 2019

Where are the avalanches? Rapid SPOT6 satellite data acquisition to map an extreme avalanche period over the Swiss Alps

Yves Bühler, Elisabeth D. Hafner, Benjamin Zweifel, Mathias Zesiger, and Holger Heisig


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (26 Aug 2019) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Yves Bühler on behalf of the Authors (24 Sep 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Oct 2019) by Guillaume Chambon
RR by Markus Eckerstorfer (18 Oct 2019)
ED: Publish as is (24 Oct 2019) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Yves Bühler on behalf of the Authors (29 Oct 2019)  Manuscript 
Short summary
We manually map 18 737 avalanche outlines based on SPOT6 optical satellite imagery acquired in January 2018. This is the most complete and accurate avalanche documentation of a large avalanche period covering a big part of the Swiss Alps. This unique dataset can be applied for the validation of other remote-sensing-based avalanche-mapping procedures and for updating avalanche databases to improve hazard maps.