Observing the cryosphere with CubeSat imagery – Keynote talk by Altena
This summer Bas Altena gave a keynote talk during the Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019, Austria, on how to use the small CubeSat satellites to observe glaciers and processes on Earth.
Bas Altena at the Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019. This one-week long summer school in June was held for the third time. Venue was Obergurgl (Austria). Photo: Katharina Anders, University of Heidelberg, Germany
In his keynote talk, Altena presented techniques for observing the cryosphere with daily CubeSat imagery. He also summed up several advantages such satellite imageries and remote sensing have for observing processes going on the Earth. A special focus was put on the use of the CubeSat satellites.
A CubeSat satellite is made up of multiples of 10 cm × 10 cm × 11.35 cm cubic units. The weight is around 1,3 kilogram. It is used by researchers and for non-academic purposes.
Altena is a Living Planet Fellow with grant from ESA, and the project leader of the ICEFLOW project about short-term movements in the cryosphere. A project in cryosphere research at Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.
- Observing the ice of our planet with daily cubesat imagery, eo science for society, ESA, 7.8.2019
About the Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research:
Every second year the summer school brings together experts in the field of close-range remote sensing. This field of science tries to measure the environment with the help of drones, laser scanners and other instruments, in the challenging environment of high Alpine terrain. On the programme there are keynote lectures and hands-on workshops how to process such measurements, but also to collect own data.
- Interested, see here: Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2019