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


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (18 Jun 2019) by Bettina Schaefli
AR by Andreas Kääb on behalf of the Authors (10 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (15 Jul 2019) by Bettina Schaefli
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Aug 2019) by Bettina Schaefli
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (29 Aug 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Sep 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Sep 2019) by Bettina Schaefli
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.