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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4233–4247, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4233-2019
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4233–4247, 2019
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© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Research article 22 Oct 2019

Research article | 22 Oct 2019

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

Andreas Kääb et al.

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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.
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