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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere II"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 717

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Earth and Environment Discipline, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Rd., 211 Science Faculty Center, Dearborn, MI 48128, USA
Interests: cryosphere; environmental change; environmental hazards; human-environment interactions; mountain geography; quaternary geology
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Department of Physical Geography and Landscape Design, Saint-Petersburg State University, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia
Interests: glaciology and glacial geomorphology; geocryology; palaeogeography of mountainous Eurasian countries in Pleistocene and Holocene; rhythms in landscape and space
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Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Management, Science and Technology Advanced Institute, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Interests: environmental assessment and monitoring; remote sensing of the cryosphere; remote sensing of wetlands; Andes; Himalayas
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The first volume of the Special Issue “Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere” received positive feedback and includes 16 contributions ( The second volume “Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere II” aims to continue this success. The call remains identical as follows:

The cryosphere, the frozen water part of the Earth system, is sensitive to changes in global climate; hence, scientists monitor its state and changes, particularly with remote sensing. We welcome a broad spectrum of contributions to this Special Issue:

  • Frozen ground, glacial geomorphology, glaciers, ice caps and sheets, lake/river/sea ice, and snow cover;
  • Recent state of our cryosphere;
  • Changes in the cryosphere such as deglaciation;
  • Cryospheric hazards and risks;
  • Theories, methodologies, and applications;
  • Laboratory and field investigations;
  • Terrestrial and space measurements;
  • Local, regional, and global scales;
  • Extraterrestrial cryospheres;
  • Any other topic concerned with the cryosphere.

This Special Issue aims to represent the frontier in remote sensing research on the cryosphere. Cryospheric science is an interdisciplinary earth science, and we welcome authors from disciplines such as geology, hydrology, meteorology, and climatology, as well as from other disciplines such as biology, engineering, and environmental science.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kamp
Prof. Dr. Dmitry Ganyushkin
Dr. Bijeesh K. Veettil
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  • cryosphere
  • GIS
  • glacier
  • ice
  • frozen ground
  • remote sensing
  • snow

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Technical Note
Evaluating the Effects of UAS Flight Speed on Lidar Snow Depth Estimation in a Heterogeneous Landscape
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(21), 5091; - 24 Oct 2023
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Recently, sensors deployed on unpiloted aerial systems (UAS) have provided snow depth estimates with high spatial resolution over watershed scales. While light detection and ranging (LiDAR) produces precise snow depth estimates for areas without vegetation cover, there has generally been poorer precision in [...] Read more.
Recently, sensors deployed on unpiloted aerial systems (UAS) have provided snow depth estimates with high spatial resolution over watershed scales. While light detection and ranging (LiDAR) produces precise snow depth estimates for areas without vegetation cover, there has generally been poorer precision in forested areas. At a constant flight speed, the poorest precision within forests is observed beneath tree canopies that retain foliage into or through winter. The precision of lidar-derived elevation products is improved by increasing the sample size of ground returns but doing so reduces the spatial coverage of a mission due to limitations of battery power. We address the influence of flight speed on ground return density for baseline and snow-covered conditions and the subsequent effect on precision of snow depth estimates across a mixed landscape, while evaluating trade-offs between precision and bias. Prior to and following a snow event in December 2020, UAS flights were conducted at four different flight speeds over a region consisting of three contrasting land types: (1) open field, (2) deciduous forest, (3) conifer forest. For all cover types, we observed significant improvements in precision as flight speeds were reduced to 2 m s−1, as well as increases in the area over which a 2 cm snow depth precision was achieved. On the other hand, snow depth estimate differences were minimized at baseline flight speeds of 2 m s−1 and 4 m s−1 and snow-on flight speeds of 6 m s−1 over open fields and between 2 and 4 m s−1 over forest areas. Here, with consideration to precision and estimate bias within each cover type, we make recommendations for ideal flight speeds based on survey ground conditions and vegetation cover. Full article
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