Kari Luojus

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—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)
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)
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)
Snow is a critically important and rapidly changing feature of the Arctic. However, snow-cover and snowpack conditions change through time pose challenges for measuring and prediction of snow. Plausible scenarios of how Arctic snow cover will respond to changing Arctic climate are important for impact assessments and adaptation strategies. Although much(More)