The cryosphere is one of the most climatically susceptible components of the Earth System and has experienced dramatic changes over recent decades. This special session will focus on the fundamental role that remote sensing has played in monitoring changes in the cryosphere, driven by the availability of global scale satellite images, aerial photographs, and digital topographic data, among other sources. Applications include monitoring changes in the dimensions and dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets; changes in the extent and duration of snow-cover, permafrost, river-, lake-, and sea-ice; as well as considering associated changes to hydrological and ecological systems. Topics of focus include the environmental impacts of cryospheric change, but also consideration of associated hazards in the past present or future. The scope is global, covering both poles, and extending from the highest peaks to sea level. We are pleased to invite contributions focused on any remote sensing applications to the cryosphere.

List of topics

  • Glaciology
  • Snow
  • Lake ice
  • River ice
  • Sea ice
  • Mountain Science
  • Climate change


Dr Iestyn Barr, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK