Glacier monitoring in High Asia using TanDEM-X InSAR and other earth observation sensors
The project aims to use data of the German TanDEM-X mission in order to test its suitability for interferometric processing and the derivation of geodetic glacier mass balances. Changes of glaciers in High Asia will be monitored on different temporal and regional scales. Different acquisition modes of the TanDEM-X mission will be analyzed and their potential for glaciological remote sensing evaluated. The results will be combined with products derived from other satellite missions.
The developed methods will be transferred to other regions in order to study glacier change on large scales. Estimated geodetic glacier mass balances in High Asia will be incorporated into international assessment reports on climate change, e.g., the IPCC AR6.
Finally, a detailed analysis will summarize the potential of the mission in regard to interferometric processing in challenging topographies of high mountain areas and recommendations for further mission planning will be provided.
Partner: Prof. Dr. Volker Hochschild, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen