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Terrestrial photography applications on snow cover in Svalbard (PASSES)

Salzano, Roberto; Aalstad, Kristoffer; Boldrini, Enrico; Gallet, Jean-Charles; Kępski, Daniel; Luks, Bartłomiej; Nilsen, Lennart; Salvatori, Rosamaria; Westermann, Sebastian

This is chapter 10 of the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report 2020 (

Ground-based observations are critical requirements for many disciplines that are trying to monitor climate change in a remote environment such as the Svalbard archipelago. This overview of cameras operating in Svalbard has been compiled by searching for specific applications that monitor the snow cover and by collecting information about images that can be accessed on the internet, including those not solely dedicated to cryospheric research. The survey identified 43 cameras operating in the region that are managed by research institutions and private companies. These cameras include facilities operated by different nationalities. The datasets vary, but the feasibility of using them to determine fractional snow cover is generally limited. Identifying the key metadata necessary to survey the available devices revealed problems and knowledge gaps that prevent using the full potential of terrestrial photography networks in Svalbard.

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