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Avalanche Feedback Information using Remote Sensing Satellite Data


Sukhdeep Kaur , Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar; Er. Gurjit Singh, Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar; Dr. Kamal Kant Singh, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, Defense Research and Development organization, Chandigarh


Avalanche, Himalaya, Sentinel-2, Optical Data, Reflectance


Snow avalanches are natural hazards in snow covered mountains regions and can cause loss of human life and damage to infrastructure such as buildings and roads. Avalanche release depends on many different parameters i.e. terrain, ground cover and meteorological conditions of the region. Many areas of Indian Himalaya were affected by snow and avalanches due to high average annual snow accumulation and severe weather. In Himalaya, Knowledge of when and where avalanches are occur and how large they are, is not easy to obtain due to the inaccessible terrain, harsh climatic conditions and vast region. Observations of past and present avalanche activity are of great importance for avalanche forecasting as they are strong and reliable indicators of snow instability. To limit the number of future fatalities, it is desirable to develop a technique that detect the avalanches. Remote sensing satellite data has a potential to detect the avalanches. In the present study, we present a method to identify the avalanche debris using optical remote sensing data on the basis of change in reflectance after avalanche occurrence.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV6I60054
Published in: Volume : 6, Issue : 6
Publication Date: 01/09/2018
Page(s): 63-66

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