Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 9, 1445–1463, 2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 1445–1463, 2015

Research article 05 Aug 2015

Research article | 05 Aug 2015

Mapping snow depth from manned aircraft on landscape scales at centimeter resolution using structure-from-motion photogrammetry

M. Nolan et al.

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This paper presents a photogrammetric method for measuring topography from manned aircraft with an accuracy of 30 cm and repeatability of 8 cm, at significantly lower cost than other methods. Here we created difference maps to demonstrate that we could measure snow depth with an accuracy of 10 cm compared to over 6000 snow-probe measurements on the ground, but do so over entire watersheds at 10-20 cm spatial resolution rather than just a few transects.