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Satellite images of the 17 July 2016 Aru Co glacier collapse

Gascoin, Simon

These satellite images were made to visualize the Aru Co glacier avalanche. Some of them were used in these blog posts:

  • Séries Temporelles (2016, August 25) Sentinel-2A captures a giant ice avalanche in Tibet. http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=8294
  • Séries Temporelles (2016, August 25) Sentinel-2A (and Landsat-8) capture a giant ice avalanche in Tibet http://www.cesbio.ups-tlse.fr/multitemp/?p=8327

Files description:

  • File 2016-07-21_S2.tif: Sentinel-2A image of the Aru Co glacier avalanche acquired on 21-Jul-2016 (4 days after the event). RGB composite of bands B4,B3,B2 scaled to bytes between 0 and 0.5 from level 1C product (orthorectified top-of-atmosphere reflectances). Format: Geotiff, WGS 84 / UTM zone 44N.
  • File 2016-06-24_L8mos.tif: Landsat-8 image of the Aru Co area acquired on 24-Jun-2016 (23 days before the event). RGB composite of bands B4,B3,B2 scaled to bytes between 0 and 0.5 from level 1C product (orthorectified top-of-atmosphere reflectances). Format: Geotiff, WGS 84 / UTM zone 44N.
  • File anim.gif: animated sequence of both images using the lowest resolution image (Landsat-8)
  • File diff_S2minusL8_band3.tif: difference between the band 3 of the 2016-07-21 Sentinel-2A image and the 2016-06-24 Landsat-8 image after a nearest neighbour resampling of the Sentinel-2 image to the same resolution as the Landsat-8 image (30 m).
  • 2016-07-25_S1.tif : Sentinel-1 image of the Aru Co glacier avalanche acquired on 25-Jul-2016 (8 days after the event). VV co-polar band, ascending orbit. The images was pre-processed to backscatter coefficient in decibels after thermal noise removal, radiometric calibration and terrain correction.
  • 2016-07-25_S1.tif : Sentinel-1 image of the Aru Co glacier avalanche acquired on 25-Jul-2016 (8 days after the event). VV co-polar band, ascending orbit. The image was pre-processed to backscatter coefficient in decibels after thermal noise removal, radiometric calibration and terrain correction.
  • 2016-07-01_S1.tif : Sentinel-1 image of the Aru Co glacier avalanche acquired on 07-Jul-2016 (10 days before the event). VV co-polar band, ascending orbit. The image was pre-processed to backscatter coefficient in decibels after thermal noise removal, radiometric calibration and terrain correction.
  • 2016-07-21-01_S1_diff_smoothed_Lee.tif : difference between both Sentinel-1 images after applying a refined Lee filter on the radar intensities

Spatial extent of all the images in WGS 84 UTM 44N and lon/lat coordinates :

Upper Left  (  602260.000, 3777670.000) ( 82d 6'32.64"E, 34d 8' 5.67"N)
Lower Left  (  602260.000, 3755030.000) ( 82d 6'23.08"E, 33d55'50.74"N)
Upper Right (  640720.000, 3777670.000) ( 82d31'33.86"E, 34d 7'49.56"N)
Lower Right (  640720.000, 3755030.000) ( 82d31'20.72"E, 33d55'34.75"N)

The Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data are distributed by the European Space Agency and the Copernicus programme. The Landsat-8 data are distributed by the United States Geological Survey.
Files (52.2 MB)
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2016-06-24_L8mos.tif md5:1b8b7ec33fc5bf9f6ca529f3d4da3fb9 2.2 MB Download
2016-07-01_S1.tif md5:6c0fca835e9a1b28903925dbf46e58d9 9.0 MB Download
2016-07-21-01_S1_diff_smoothed_Lee.tif md5:76bfa1dd313e766f609aaa6b30912e9f 9.6 MB Download
2016-07-21_S2.tif md5:f0cdba1daf9832e37b055ebdd189a173 20.4 MB Download
2016-07-25_S1.tif md5:ed2704bfc64f21c728a60c61e1e8440f 9.0 MB Download
anim.gif md5:6960d8cbdd1bf0d838479e3558f6ef29 1.4 MB Download
diff_S2minusL8_band3.tif md5:7aac56e5d328436513e1913c5d0a24bb 596.4 kB Download

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