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The Cryosphere An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
The Cryosphere, 7, 1879-1884, 2013
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Brief communication
13 Dec 2013
Brief Communication: Low-cost, on-demand aerial photogrammetry for glaciological measurement
K. Whitehead, B. J. Moorman, and C. H. Hugenholtz Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Abstract. Remotely sensed glaciological measurements can be expensive, often involving a trade-off between resolution, scale, and frequency. We report on a case study in which two low-cost techniques were used to generate digital elevation models and orthomosaics of an Arctic glacier in consecutive ablation seasons. In the first aerial survey we used an unmanned aerial vehicle and acquired images autonomously. The following year we took advantage of the helicopter used for site access, and were able to acquire images manually, for little additional helicopter time. We present a preliminary assessment of accuracy and apply these data to measure glacier thinning and motion.

Citation: Whitehead, K., Moorman, B. J., and Hugenholtz, C. H.: Brief Communication: Low-cost, on-demand aerial photogrammetry for glaciological measurement, The Cryosphere, 7, 1879-1884, doi:10.5194/tc-7-1879-2013, 2013.
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