Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


cryosphere; remote sensing; Earth's three poles; scientific programme

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Remote sensing of cryosphere, as an important branch of cryospheric science, is a new interdiscipline, involving the knowledge of both cryospheric science and remote sensing techniques. This paper overviews the objects and basic methods of cryospheric remote sensing, introduces the progresses by using representative case studies, and especially, describes the research status of Chinese cryospheric remote sensing. Finally, we propose several recommendations for the development of remote sensing of cryosphere. In particular, we discuss the potential paths to the scientific programme of Earth's three poles.

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