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Title: Quality Assessment and Glaciological Applications of Digital Elevation Models Derived from Space-Borne and Aerial Images over Two Tidewater Glaciers of Southern Spitsbergen
Authors: Błaszczyk, Małgorzata
Ignatiuk, Dariusz
Grabiec, Mariusz
Kolondra, Leszek
Laska, Michał
Decaux, Leo
Jania, Jacek
Berthier, Etienne
Luks, Bartłomiej
Barzycka, Barbara
Czapla, Mateusz
Keywords: DEM; Pléiades; WorldView; glacier mass balance; Svalbard; tidewater glaciers
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Remote Sensing, Vol. 11 (2019), Art. No. 1121
Abstract: In this study, we assess the accuracy and precision of digital elevation models (DEM) retrieved from aerial photographs taken in 2011 and from Very High Resolution satellite images (WorldView-2 and Pléiades) from the period 2012–2017. Additionally, the accuracy of the freely available Strip product of ArcticDEM was verified. We use the DEMs to characterize geometry changes over Hansbreen and Hornbreen, two tidewater glaciers in southern Spitsbergen, Svalbard. The satellite-based DEMs from WorldView-2 and Pléiades stereo pairs were processed using the Rational Function Model (RFM) without and with one ground control point. The elevation quality of the DEMs over glacierized areas was validated with in situ data: static di erential GPS survey of mass balance stakes and GPS kinematic data acquired during ground penetrating radar survey. Results demonstrate the usefulness of the analyzed sources of DEMs for estimation of the total geodetic mass balance of the Svalbard glaciers. DEM accuracy is su cient to investigate glacier surface elevation changes above 1 m. Strips from the ArcticDEM are generally precise, but some of them showed gross errors and need to be handled with caution. The surface of Hansbreen and Hornbreen has been lowering in recent years. The average annual elevation changes for Hansbreen were more negative in the period 2015–2017 (􀀀2.4 m a􀀀1) than in the period 2011–2015 (􀀀1.7 m a􀀀1). The average annual elevation changes over the studied area of Hornbreen for the period 2012–2017 amounted to 􀀀1.6 m a􀀀1. The geodetic mass balance for Hansbreen was more negative than the climatic mass balance estimated using the mass budget method, probably due to underestimation of the ice discharge. From 2011 to 2017, Hansbreen lost on average over 1% of its volume each year. Such a high rate of relative loss illustrates how fast these glaciers are responding to climate change.
DOI: 10.3390/rs11091121
ISSN: 2072-4292
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