Remote Sensing-based Snow and Glacier Monitoring

This component is intended for building regional capacity for snow and ice monitoring using state-of-the-art remote sensing tools and techniques. It facilitates a common regional approach and methodology for mapping snow and glaciers, contributing to the development of a regional database on cryosphere by bringing together a network of institutions in the region. Its activities include:

  • Mapping and monitoring glaciers and glacial lakes using Landsat and other high-resolution satellite images
  • Snow cover monitoring using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), a ground receiving station that porvides near real-time snow cover information. 
  • Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and high resolution stereopair satellite images to monitor glacier mass changes
  • Detailed investigations of glaciers in representative basins/sub-basins

Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya/ICIMOD