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The Potential of Earth Observation for the Analysis of Cold Region Land Surface Dynamics in Europe - A Review

Hu, Zhongyang and Künzer, Claudia and Dietz, Andreas and Dech, Stefan (2017) The Potential of Earth Observation for the Analysis of Cold Region Land Surface Dynamics in Europe - A Review. Remote Sensing, 9 (10), pp. 1-40. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/rs9101067 ISSN 2072-4292

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Cold regions affect global, regional and local climate; oftentimes they are relevant for water supply, host valuable ecosystems, and support human livelihood. They are thus eminently important for human society. In the context of ongoing climate change, monitoring and understanding cold region land surface dynamics is essential for environmental scientists, stakeholders and decision makers. However, the definition of cold regions remains inexplicit, and no up-to-date cold region maps or overarching spatial analyses exist. For example, Europe has densely populated cold regions, but hardly an article exists that provides a solid overview of Earth Observation (EO) based applications assessing cold region land surface dynamics in Europe. With this review article we aim at closing this gap by providing an overview of EO-based techniques for cold region observation in Europe, focusing on the dynamics of glaciers and snow. We present a novel spatial delineation of cold regions for Europe before analyzing the benefits and limitations of different EO sensor types and data processing methods for EO based cold region research. Furthermore, we identify research gaps and discuss challenges for future studies.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/114779/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Potential of Earth Observation for the Analysis of Cold Region Land Surface Dynamics in Europe - A Review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hu, ZhongyangZhongyang.Hu (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Künzer, Claudiaclaudia.kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dietz, Andreasandreas.dietz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:19 October 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/rs9101067
Page Range:pp. 1-40
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:cold region; Europe; remote sensing; Earth Observation; snow; glaciers; geoscience; review
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote sensing and geoscience
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Dietz, Andreas
Deposited On:23 Oct 2017 12:17
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:26

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