Changes in the Skuta Glacier (southeastern Alps) assessed using non-metric images

Keywords: very small glacier, glacieret, climate change, non-metric images, interactive orientation, Skuta Glacier, Slovenia

Abstract

The Skuta Glacier in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps (in northern Slovenia) is one of the two remaining glaciers in Slovenia. It is located in a cirque oriented toward the northwest, which shields it from sunlight for most of the year. The glacier lies at an average elevation of 2070m. In recent years, its average area has measured around 1.5 hectares. Monitoring of the glacier has been performed since 1946. In 1962, regular photographing of the glacier with various cameras started from various non-fixed standpoints. Using the single image interactive orientation acquisition method, in which a single photograph is compared with the projection of a modern digital terrain model, seventeen photographs covering the period from 1970 to 2015 were used to acquire the 3D-perimeters of the glacier. The data shows that the elevation of glacier’s upper edge decreased by approximately 40m in the last half-century. Changes in the glacier’s area and average upper edge elevation were compared with average annual temperature and maximum seasonal snow cover depth.

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2020-12-31
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Triglav ČekadaM, Barbo P, Pavšek M, Zorn M. Changes in the Skuta Glacier (southeastern Alps) assessed using non-metric images. AGS [Internet]. 2020Dec.31 [cited 2021May8];60(2):175-90. Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/ags/article/view/7674
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Special issue: The disappearing cryosphere in the southeastern Alps