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Automated detection and mapping of avalanche deposits using airborne optical remote sensing data


Bühler, Y; Hüni, A; Meister, R; Christen, M; Kellenberger, T (2009). Automated detection and mapping of avalanche deposits using airborne optical remote sensing data. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 57(2-3):99-106.

Abstract

Rapidly available and accurate information about the location and extent of avalanche events is important for avalanche forecasting, safety assessments for roads and ski resorts, verification of warning products, as well as for hazard mapping and avalanche model calibration/validation. Today, observations from individual experts in the field provide isolated information with very limited coverage. This study presents a methodology for an automated, systematic and wide-area detection and mapping of avalanche deposits using optical remote sensing data of high spatial and radiometric resolution. A processing chain, integrating directional, textural and spectral information, is developed using ADS40 airborne digital scanner data acquired over a test site near Davos, Switzerland. Though certain limitations exist, encouraging detection and mapping accuracies can be reported. The presented approach is a promising addition to existing field observation methods for remote regions, and can be applied in otherwise inaccessible areas.

Abstract

Rapidly available and accurate information about the location and extent of avalanche events is important for avalanche forecasting, safety assessments for roads and ski resorts, verification of warning products, as well as for hazard mapping and avalanche model calibration/validation. Today, observations from individual experts in the field provide isolated information with very limited coverage. This study presents a methodology for an automated, systematic and wide-area detection and mapping of avalanche deposits using optical remote sensing data of high spatial and radiometric resolution. A processing chain, integrating directional, textural and spectral information, is developed using ADS40 airborne digital scanner data acquired over a test site near Davos, Switzerland. Though certain limitations exist, encouraging detection and mapping accuracies can be reported. The presented approach is a promising addition to existing field observation methods for remote regions, and can be applied in otherwise inaccessible areas.

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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:July 2009
Deposited On:24 Apr 2009 14:22
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 22:47
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0165-232X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2009.02.007

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