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Digital Terrain Models As A Tool For Glacier Studies

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Digital terrain models (DTM) are a very important tool for all sorts of glacier studies and serve as a basis for many applications. The latest development is the combination of DTM with digital image-processing techniques which enable a much better visualization of the DTM, and thus a better interpretation of glaciological phenomena.

These new technologies have been applied in an investigation of the Vaughan Lewis Icefall, Juneau Icefield, Alaska. A DTM has been produced by means of photogrammetrie measurements, and a glacier-flow velocity of up to 5.70 m d−1 in the steepest part has been derived. The possibilities for the interpretation of the glacier topography have been significantly improved by using digital image-processing algorithms for the visualization of the DTM.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 1990

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  • The Journal of Glaciology is published six times per year. It accepts submissions from any discipline related to the study of snow and ice. All articles are peer reviewed. The Journal is included in the ISI Science Citation Index.
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