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Case Study Aim and Objectives

The aim of the present case study is to use old USGS topographic maps in conjunction with more recent aerial photos and satellite images to determine the change in terminus location of the Mendenhall glacier and monitor the retreat of this glacier over time.

After reading through the reference materials provided and completing the case study, students will be able to:

  • Write a short review on the glaciological applications of remote sensing;
  • Quantify terminus retreat of the Mendenhall glacier;
  • Calculate glacial area change over time for the Mendenhall glacier;
  • Estimate Mendenhall lake area increase over time; and
  • Adapt the outlined data processing scheme to study other glaciers.

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