10th EARSeL Workshop on Remote Sensing of Land Ice and Snow

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Running from 6 février to 8 février 2023

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Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere:
methods and applications from regional to global scale
06 - 08 February 2023, Bern, Switzerland

With the current anthropogenic warming, the cryosphere is changing. There is a significant retreat and mass loss of glaciers in all mountains of the world. Moreover, Arctic sea ice, seasonal snow cover and permafrost are highly affected by the current and projected climate warming, which may result in significant changes of global atmospheric circulations as stated by the latest IPPCC AR6. Monitoring the cryospheric components and their behavior provides not only an effective indicator of climate change but allows to analyze the effects of these changes on water resources, ecosystems, and socioeconomic processes. Furthermore, remote sensing data are of great benefit to improve and validate climate models.


Bern – capital of Switzerland and UNESCO world heritage

This workshop will focus on the latest developments in remote sensing of land ice and snow. Presentations are encouraged on all fields of research and applications with the focus on snow and ice as proxy for a changing cryosphere, methods for retrieving cryospheric parameters from various types of remote sensing data, theoretical basis of inversion methods and their application, state of the art of retrieval algorithms including deep learning, data assimilation of remote sensing data and in situ observations in process models, and current and planned sensors for snow and ice. Half of a day will be dedicated to the activities from ESA (CCI+) and EUMETSAT.

Papers will be presented orally and as posters. Contributions must comply with one of the workshop topics specified below. Please indicate under which session topic your contribution shall be presented.

Preliminary session topics

  • Glaciers and Ice Caps
  • Snow cover (regional to global scale)
  • Snow and permafrost
  • Snow hydrology
  • Albedo of the cryosphere
  • Cryosphere and climate
  • Cryospheric modelling and data assimilation
  • Airborne and ground-based observation methods
  • New technologies (sensors/methods)
  • Educational programs related to ice and snow
  • ESA CCI+ snow
  • EUMETSAT operational services