Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 983–1004, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 983–1004, 2021

Research article 24 Feb 2021

Research article | 24 Feb 2021

Mapping avalanches with satellites – evaluation of performance and completeness

Elisabeth D. Hafner et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Jan 2021) by Marie Dumont
AR by Elisabeth D. Hafner on behalf of the Authors (08 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Jan 2021) by Marie Dumont
Short summary
Satellites prove to be very valuable for documentation of large-scale avalanche periods. To test reliability and completeness, which has not been satisfactorily verified before, we attempt a full validation of avalanches mapped from two optical sensors and one radar sensor. Our results demonstrate the reliability of high-spatial-resolution optical data for avalanche mapping, the suitability of radar for mapping of larger avalanches and the unsuitability of medium-spatial-resolution optical data.