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Rapid ASTER imaging facilitates timely assessment of glacier hazards and disasters


Kääb, A; Wessels, R; Haeberli, W; Huggel, C; Kargel, J S; Khalsa, S J S (2003). Rapid ASTER imaging facilitates timely assessment of glacier hazards and disasters. EOS, 84(13):117-124.

Abstract

Glacier- and permafrost-related hazards increasingly threaten human lives, settlements, and infrastructure in high-mountain regions. Present atmospheric warming particularly affects terrestrial systems where surface and sub-surface ice are involved. Changes in glacier and permafrost equilibrium are shifting beyond historical knowledge. Human settlement and activities are extending toward danger zones in the cryospheric system. A number of recent glacier hazards and disasters underscore these trends. Difficult site access and the need for fast data acquisition make satellite remote sensing of crucial importance in high-mountain hazard management and disaster mapping.

Glacier- and permafrost-related hazards increasingly threaten human lives, settlements, and infrastructure in high-mountain regions. Present atmospheric warming particularly affects terrestrial systems where surface and sub-surface ice are involved. Changes in glacier and permafrost equilibrium are shifting beyond historical knowledge. Human settlement and activities are extending toward danger zones in the cryospheric system. A number of recent glacier hazards and disasters underscore these trends. Difficult site access and the need for fast data acquisition make satellite remote sensing of crucial importance in high-mountain hazard management and disaster mapping.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2003
Deposited On:20 Jul 2012 19:43
Last Modified:10 May 2016 07:14
Publisher:American Geophysical Union
ISSN:0096-3941
Publisher DOI:10.1029/2003EO130001
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-63220

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