Articles | Volume 23, issue 10
Research article
22 Oct 2019
Research article |  | 22 Oct 2019

River-ice and water velocities using the Planet optical cubesat constellation

Andreas Kääb, Bas Altena, and Joseph Mascaro

Data sets

Correlation Image Analysis software (CIAS) A. Kääb

Short summary
Knowledge of water surface velocities in rivers is useful for understanding a wide range of processes and systems, but is difficult to measure over large reaches. Here, we present a novel method to exploit near-simultaneous imagery produced by the Planet cubesat constellation to track river ice floes and estimate water surface velocities. We demonstrate the method for a 60 km long reach of the Amur River and a 200 km long reach of the Yukon River.