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Snowsense: Integrated Service for Runoff and Hydropower Assessment and Forecast related to Snow Cover Dynamics in Remote Areas

Fachgebiet: Datenassimilation, Fernerkundung, Hochgebirgsforschung, Hydrologie, Hydrologische Modellierung
Gefördert durch: ESA

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Mauser, , Dr. Heike Bach, Vista GmbH, Florian Appel, Vista GmbH
Projektwissenschaftler: , Patrick Henkel, Anavs

Laufzeit: 02/2015 - 02/2018

SnowSense helps to overcome current limitations in the quality and quantity of spatially distributed snow, as well as run-off and hydropower information. Novel in-situ equipment will provide and communicate snow property data even in remote regions. The integration of this snow data in a hydrological model together with spatial observations from satellites will allow offering an end-to-end service to flood forecasts authorities and hydropower companies. 

Based on the innovative measurement and service concept, awarded with the ESA Integ Space Award in 2013, the potential of this service was investigated by VISTA within an ESA IAP Feasibility Study.

As follow-up SnowSense will be funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) for a three years period within the ARTES 20 IAP program.

The project team consists of the two innovative SME companies VISTA and ANAVS for the service and hardware development. Algorithm research and validation will be performed by the University of Munich (LMU), one of Europe's premier academic and research institutions.

Within a Pilot Service of SnowSense, the provision of snow, run-off and hydropower information for selected areas in Canada is targeted.

Participation of interested demo users within the user requirements assessment and service design process as well as for the service reception during the pilot phase is offered.

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