Observing the ice of our planet with daily cubesat imagery

Living Planet Fellow Bas Altena from University of Oslo, gave a keynote talk during the Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019  that took place between 16.06-2019-22.06.2019 in Obergurgl (Austria). This keynote revisited the techniques for observing the ice of our planet with daily cubesat imagery, and focused on how this new observational capacity allows scientist to look at processes that occur on shorter timescales, to measure and quantify more complex processes, as well as to extract new information from established techniques. Some of the examples covered included  monitoring of ice cauldrons, or time-dependent supra-glacial melt pond connectivity, precursor motion of calving icebergs, or full fjord circulation – research theme addressed by Bas in the frame of his Living Planet Fellowship project ICEFLOW.

This was the third edition of the summer school, which was focused on Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain. The Joint Summer School was organized by the University of Innsbruck – Faculty of Geo and Atmospheric Sciences, together with the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research.
The summer school aimed to provide participants with innovative practical and methodological skills to characterize complex terrain and object features using close and near range remote sensing techniques.

The research report covering the topics addressed during the summer school will be made available at: https://www.oeaw.ac.at/igf/publikationen/igf-forschungsberichte/.

Featured image : Bas Altena giving a keynote at Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019. Photo credit: Katharina Anders, University of Heidelberg, Germany