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Analysis of spatio-temporal variations in snow cover over Western Himalaya
Author(s): Vinay Kumar Gaddam; Parmanand Sharma; Lavkush K. Patel; Thamban Meloth; Ajit Singh
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Paper Abstract

Snow cover plays an important role in many applications like runoff estimation, hydro-power generation, irrigation and disaster management. In Indian Himalaya, snow cover monitoring on daily basis is a difficult task due to presence of cloud cover and lack of high spatial resolution datasets. Therefore, for long term monitoring, the maximum snow cover products are much reliable and preferred for the studies on snow-melt runoff, hydropower etc. In this study, the maximum snow cover products (MOD 10A2) from MODIS Terra satellite were used to study the spatial and temporal variations in five river basins namely Chandra, Bhaga, Baspa, Beas and Parvati. In addition, MODIS LST (MOD 11A1) and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (3B42) products were used to study the temperature and precipitation trends at basin level. Further, the obtained snow cover information can be used as inputs for the models like runoff and hydropower generation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9877, Land Surface and Cryosphere Remote Sensing III, 98772A (5 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223633
Show Author Affiliations
Vinay Kumar Gaddam, National Ctr. for Antarctic & Ocean Research (India)
Parmanand Sharma, National Ctr. for Antarctic & Ocean Research (India)
Lavkush K. Patel, National Ctr. for Antarctic & Ocean Research (India)
Thamban Meloth, National Ctr. for Antarctic & Ocean Research (India)
Ajit Singh, National Ctr. for Antarctic & Ocean Research (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9877:
Land Surface and Cryosphere Remote Sensing III
Reza Khanbilvardi; Ashwagosh Ganju; A. S. Rajawat; Jing M. Chen, Editor(s)

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