Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere Dynamics under the influence of Climate Change

Project type: Charles University Mini-grant 2023

Flagship: Flagship 4

Project leader at CU: Ing. Lukáลก Brodský, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science)

Participating universities: Heidelberg University, University of Milan

The main aim of the project is to foster a project collaboration in the field of remote sensing of glaciers between the universities. To achieve such an aim, common research objectives have been identified:

  • enhance remote sensing techniques to study glacier dynamics under climate change (archive data 30+ years);

  • evaluate existing methods of repeat photography to retrieve long-term glacier changes (up to 100 years);

  • evaluate the potential of dendrogeomorphology to study glacier dynamics (~100 years);

  • analyse geohazards connected to glacier dynamics through an advanced geomorphological mapping strategy;

  • identify and apply suitable artificial intelligence techniques for new information retrieval.

A framework to study cryosphere change, which is one of the crucial environmental transitions impacting water availability and natural hazards, will be set up. Our major goal is to improve the quantitative techniques of change monitoring and potential hazard prediction. One of the new promising techniques is artificial intelligence allowing us to process remote sensing and in-situ data in a quantitative manner to gain new hidden information.