Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 15, 369–387, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-369-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 369–387, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-369-2021

Research article 27 Jan 2021

Research article | 27 Jan 2021

Snow depth time series retrieval by time-lapse photography: Finnish and Italian case studies

Marco Bongio et al.

Data sets

Phenological time lapse images from ground camera MC111 in Sodankylä, peatland Peatland, Version 2014–2019 M. Aurela, M. Linkosalmi, C. M. Tanis, A. N. Arslan, J. Rainne, P. Kolari, K. Böttcher, and M. Peltoniemi https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3724877

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Short summary
The capability of time-lapse photography to retrieve snow depth time series was tested. We demonstrated that this method can be efficiently used in three different case studies: two in the Italian Alps and one in a forested region of Finland, with an accuracy comparable to the most common methods such as ultrasonic sensors or manual measurements. We hope that this simple method based only on a camera and a graduated stake can enable snow depth measurements in dangerous and inaccessible sites.