AGU 2015 – Day 2 – Monitoring glaciers

Day 2 of AGU was general cryosphere information day for me with talks sessions on glaciers monitoring and remote sensing. Obviously there was a lot attention given to Greenland but some good talk too about mountain glaciers especially in the Himalayas.

One poster made my day: Orie Sasaki (Tokyo Institute of Technology) poster about automated worldwide extraction of debris cover on glaciers. The results are not yet published but when it will be it will be very good to access the importance of debris-covered glaciers in every mountain ranges and not only in Alaska and Nepal.

Orie Sasaki Poster
Orie Sasaki Poster

Fun fact: Google is actively campaigning in the Exhibitor Hall for the use of the the Google Earth Engine. It looks good, probably just need a bit advertisement.

Google exhibitor stand
Google exhibitor stand

Three talks kept my attention:

  • Mauro Fisher on the use of LiDAR for monitoring glaciers with only one station per glacier.
  • Mark Fahnestock on feature tracking to evaluate surging glaciers velocity in Alaska
  • Luca Foresta on geodetic mass balance in Iceland using a new method on CryoSat altimetric data.

All these talks are very promising on technical level and give good hopes for monitoring glaciers in the face of climate change.

The end of day was marked by the Cryosphere Focus group reception in the Marriott Hotel: pretty good place to network… And NETWORK! I didn’t find a job for next year but still pretty good 😀