Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4445–4464, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4445-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4445–4464, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4445-2021

Research article 14 Sep 2021

Research article | 14 Sep 2021

Estimating surface mass balance patterns from unoccupied aerial vehicle measurements in the ablation area of the Morteratsch–Pers glacier complex (Switzerland)

Lander Van Tricht et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-94', Evan Miles, 26 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Lander Van Tricht, 22 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-94', Anonymous Referee #2, 03 May 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Lander Van Tricht, 22 Jun 2021
  • CC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-94', Alexander Raphael Groos, 24 May 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on CC1', Lander Van Tricht, 22 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (30 Jun 2021) by Etienne Berthier
AR by Lander Van Tricht on behalf of the Authors (01 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Jul 2021) by Etienne Berthier
RR by Evan Miles (15 Jul 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Jul 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (07 Aug 2021) by Etienne Berthier
AR by Lander Van Tricht on behalf of the Authors (12 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (16 Aug 2021) by Etienne Berthier
AR by Lander Van Tricht on behalf of the Authors (16 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
We conducted innovative research on the use of drones to determine the surface mass balance (SMB) of two glaciers. Considering appropriate spatial scales, we succeeded in determining the SMB in the ablation area with large accuracy. Consequently, we are convinced that our method and the use of drones to monitor the mass balance of a glacier’s ablation area can be an add-on to stake measurements in order to obtain a broader picture of the heterogeneity of the SMB of glaciers.