Geology Faculty Publications

Title

Mapping Dry/Wet Snow Cover in the Indian Himalayas using IRS Multispectral Imagery

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2005

Publication Source

Remote Sensing of Environment

Abstract

Application of remote sensing data has been made to differentiate between dry/wet snows in a glacierized basin. The present study has been carried out in the Gangotri glacier, Himalayas, using IRS-LISS-III multispectral data for the period March–November 2000 and the digital elevation model. The methodology involves conversion of satellite sensor data into reflectance values, computation of NDSI, determination of the boundary between dry/wet snows from spectral response data, and threshold slicing of the image data. The areas of dry snow cover and wet snow cover for different dates of satellite overpasses have been computed. The dry snow area has been compared with non-melting area obtained from the temperature lapse rate method, and the two are found to be in close mutual correspondence (< 15%). It is observed that there occur four water-bearing zones in the glacierized basin: dry snow zone, wet snow zone, exposed glacial ice and moraine-covered glacial ice, each of which possesses unique hydrological characteristics and can be distinguished and mapped from satellite sensor data. It is suggested that input of data on the position and extent of specifically wet snow and exposed glacial ice, which can be directly derived from remote sensing, should improve hydrological simulation of such basins.

Inclusive pages

458–469

ISBN/ISSN

0034-4257

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

97

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes