INVERSING GLACIER ALBEDO IN HIGH MOUNTAIN ASIA BASED ON SENTINEL-3 SATELLITE DATA
Keywords: High Mountain Asia, Glacier, Albedo, Sentinel-3, Remote sensing, RGI6.0
Abstract. Surface albedo, defined as the ratio of the upward to downward solar irradiance, is an important climate parameter in the surface energy budget. Among them, glacier albedo is the link between glaciers and the hydration process of climate and cold zones, and it is also an important factor restricting the development of distributed glacier energy-material balance model. Changes in the albedo of ice and snow can alter the energy balance of the entire geo-gas system and can also cause local and even global climate change. Glaciers in High Mountain Asia have experienced heterogeneous rates of loss since the 1970s. The positive feedback effect of ice and snow makes its albedo an important indicator of ice and snow surface mass balance. This study used partly Sentinel-3 level-1b data of High Mountain Asia in 2017, RGI (Randolph Glacier Inventory) 6.0 and SPP (Snow Properties Processor) developed by the ESA’s team to extract the region's mountain glacier albedo in SNAP (Sentinel Application Platform) environment. At present, the products of the whole year of 2017 have been produced, with a time resolution of one month and a spatial resolution of 300 m.