Kari Luojus

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—Employment of satellite radar-based remote sensing data for snow monitoring during the snow melt season has been widely studied by several investigators. Several methods for the estimation of snow-covered area (SCA) fraction have been developed for different types of regions. One common deficiency with the SCA estimation methods has been the lack of(More)
—Information on physical snow cover characteristics, such as snow water equivalent (SWE) and the areal coverage fraction of snow covered area (SCA), can be obtained from space-borne remote sensing data. The feasible instruments include optical spectrometers and microwave radars (SCA mapping), and microwave radiometers (SWE mapping). As data assimilation(More)
The ESA project GlobSnow develops products and services for snow extent and snow water equivalent. The time series of Snow Extent (SE) products will cover the whole seasonally snow-covered Earth for the years 1995–2010 based on the optical sensors ERS-2 ATSR-2 and Envisat AATSR data. A laboratory processing chain has been developed for testing and improving(More)
This paper presents the efforts for creating two global scale snow dataset covering 15 and 30 years of satellite-based observations, one describing the extent of snow cover (SE) the other describing the snow water equivalent (SWE) characteristics. The main emphasis of the paper is describing the validation work carried out for the SWE product that will(More)
One of the goals of the ESA GlobSnow project is to develop a Snow Extent (SE) product based on optical data and produce a time series of products for the whole seasonally snow covered Earth from 1995 until present. The project has carried out two phases of development, testing and validation and is now releasing the first official product set (version 1.0)(More)