High resolution spaceborne studies of mass balance processes on glaciers of the Khumbu Himal, Nepal (GlHima-Sat)

Within the proposed project GlHima-Sat, high-resolution DSM based on Pléiades tri-stereo imagery will be used to calculate the mass balance for the glaciers of the Khumbu Himal region in Nepal. A special focus will be on the important, but hitherto unquantified, role of avalanched snow to glacier mass change. In addition, the influence of rock debris cover on glacier tongues and the role of ice ablation at ice cliffs exposed within the debris covered area will be assessed.

Involved departments:
Institute of Geography
Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences
Research Area Alpine Space - Man and Environment

Project Leader: 
External Members: 
Sailer, Rudolf (Institute for Geography)
Funding Agencies: 

Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG)

ASAP (Österreichisches Weltraumprogramm)

Project Duration: 
01/01/2015 to 12/31/2017