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Glacier Monitoring from In-situ and Remotely Sensed Observations
Convener: Michael Zemp  | Co-Conveners: Tobias Bolch , Richard Armstrong 
 / Tue, 29 Apr, 08:30–12:00
 / Attendance Tue, 29 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Understanding glacial processes is key to assessing the sensitivity of glacier systems to changing climate. An important basis for large scale assessments is a comprehensive glacier inventory. Glaciers are monitored on different spatio-temporal scales, from extensive seasonal mass balance studies at selected glaciers to multi-decadal repeat inventories over entire mountain ranges. Internationally coordinated glacier monitoring aims at combining in-situ measurement with remotely sensed data, and local process understanding with global coverage. Bringing together studies from the tropics to polar regions as well as from different disciplines, this session includes presentations on both in-situ and remotely sensed monitoring of glaciers, and on related uncertainty assessments.

Martin Hoelzle (University of Fribourg, Switzerland): Internationally coordinated glacier monitoring: strategy and datasets

Alex Gardner (Clark University, U.S.A.): Improving estimates of the global glacier contribution to sea level rise