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Large-Area Deterministic Simulation of Natural Runoff from Snowmelt Based on Landsat MSS Data

M. F. Baumgartner, J. Martinec and K. Seidel
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, GE-24
Vol. GE-24, No. 6, pp. 1013-1017, November 1986

Abstract

This work presents a method of periodic evaluation of snow-covered areas by digital processing of Landsat data. Since the snow cover was mapped for the first time in a large and morphologically complex alpine basin, it was necessary to develop procedures to determine the snow cover for partly clouded regions or for incomplete satellite scenes. The changing areal extent of the seasonal snow cover is an important variable for deterministic snowmelt runoff models. By using the SRM model, the natural runoff in the Rhine-Felsberg basin (3249 km2, 571-3614 m a.s.l.) was simulated although the measured river flows are significantly influenced by artificial reservoir operation. Such simulation would not be possible by calibration models that optimize the model parameters by the measured discharge.


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@Article{eth_biwi_00350,
  author = {M. F. Baumgartner and J. Martinec and K. Seidel},
  title = {Large-Area Deterministic Simulation of Natural Runoff from Snowmelt Based on Landsat MSS Data},
  journal = {IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, GE-24},
  year = {1986},
  month = {November},
  pages = {1013-1017},
  volume = {GE-24},
  number = {6},
  keywords = {snowmelt, runoff, Landsat-MSS, registration, SRM, remote sensing}
}