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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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.