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The focus of the session will be on the potential offered by Earth Observation (EO) technology to observe, monitor and assess the Earth’s Cryosphere. The lecture will present the Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO Mountains) and the World Environment Situation Room Mountain (WESR-mountain) that aim to provide all the necessary discoverability and accessibility to existing mountain data and information – both in situ and remotely sensed – across global mountain regions. In this context, the concept of Essential Mountain Climate Variables (EMCVs) will be introduced to support the monitoring and understanding of key climate change-related mountain processes. In the second phase, two case studies in Switzerland and Italy using the EO Swiss Data Cube (SDC) infrastructure will be presented to show the possibilities of mapping one of the Essential Climate Variables - snow cover - from space.
Speakers: Dr. James Thornton (Mountain Research Initiative and GEO Mountains), Dr. Yaniss Guigoz (University of Geneva, UNEP/GRID Geneva), Dr. Gregory Giuliani (University of Geneva, UNEP/GRID Geneva), Charlotte Poussin (University of Geneva, UNEP/GRID Geneva)