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Snow Cover Monitoring by Satellites and Real Time Runoff Forecasts

Klaus Seidel, Urs Burkart, Roland Baumann and Jaroslav Martinec
Remote Sensing: An Economical Tool for the Nineties, IGARSS
July 1989


By satellite monitoring of the seasonal snow cover it is possible to evaluate the snow accumulation in mountainous areas. The changing areal extent of snow cover is an important input variable for snowmelt runoff models. Direct measurements of snow reserves are hampered by the difficult access and avalanche hazards in the remote parts of a mountain basin. Therefore remote sensing is being increasingly applied to help to solve these problems. As an example, the paper presents snowmelt runoff simulations for two hydroelectric stations.

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  author = {Klaus Seidel and Urs Burkart and Roland Baumann and Jaroslav Martinec},
  title = {Snow Cover Monitoring by Satellites and Real Time Runoff Forecasts},
  booktitle = {Remote Sensing: An Economical Tool for the Nineties, IGARSS},
  year = {1989},
  month = {July},
  pages = {558-561},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  keywords = {snow mapping, snow accumulation, runoff forecast, satellites}