Climate change has a strong impact on glaciers and as a result glaciers are globally receding, thinning and their flow velocities are decreasing. Fieldwork on glaciers is challenging and expensive and current field methods are still notably uncertain. Satellite remote sensing is commonly used for monitoring glacier changes, but the resolution of most satellite based sensors is to coarse to investigate detailed processes occurring on the glacier surface.
Using the Flying Sensors of HiView, in combination with advanced image processing software, detailed maps of the surface elevation, melt and flow velocity and glacier extent can be generated. By using imagery from different dates important information on melt, flow and extent of glaciers can now be quantified at an unprecedented resolution.
Typical examples of projects in the context of “glacier monitoring of extents, melt and flow velocities” undertaken by HiView are: