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Special issue of Remote Sensing on the topic ‘Remote sensing of glaciers’ launched

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Five members of the Glaciers_cci consortium (F. Paul, K. Briggs, R. McNabb, C. Nuth, J. Wuite) are Guest Editors of the special issue focusing on the methods and latest applications of satellite data to study glaciers.

The special issue should provide a current overview on state-of-the-art methods for data retrieval from the diversity of sensors, as well as the latest applications of established methods to obtain new and quantitative information on glacier dynamics and changes over large regions. We focus on glaciers and ice caps (and exclude the ice sheets) to fully consider the specific challenges associated with remote sensing in steep, high-mountain topography.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Glacier and snow facies mapping and their changes through time
- Derivation of glacier elevation and volume changes from DEMs and/or altimetry
- Glacier surface velocities over large spatial regions and/or their trends over time
- Fusion of sensors and methods to determine glaciological phenomena (e.g. debris cover)
- Exploitation of new sensors (Sentinel 1A/1B and 2A, Landsat 8, PALSAR2, ...)
- Novel methods for the generation of glacier extents, facies, elevation/elevation changes or velocity/velocity changes
- Cross-comparison and integration of datasets derived from different sensors and platforms

For more information about the Special Issue, please see:

For information on manuscript preparation and related matters, please see the instructions for authors:

Remote Sensing is an open access journal, receiving its 5th Impact Factor, 3.036 (2015) and the 5-Year Impact Factor, 3.278 (2015).

All submissions will be subject to a pre-screening and peer review. In case of any questions related to this special issue, please contact We look forward to receiving your submission!