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Volume 9, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 9, 229–243, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-229-2015
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The Cryosphere, 9, 229–243, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-229-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 06 Feb 2015

Research article | 06 Feb 2015

Snow depth mapping in high-alpine catchments using digital photogrammetry

Y. Bühler et al.
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We are able to map snow depth over large areas ( > 100km2) using airborne digital photogrammetry. Digital photogrammetry is more economical than airborne Laser Scanning but slightly less accurate. Comparisons to independent snow depth measurements reveal an accuracy of about 30cm. Spatial continuous mapping of snow depth is a major step forward compared to point measurements usually applied today. Limitations are steep slopes (> 50°) and areas covered by trees and scrubs.
We are able to map snow depth over large areas ( 100km2) using airborne digital photogrammetry....
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