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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2009, Issue 6, Vol. 2, pp. 481-486

Space monitoring of seasonal and interannual snow cover dynamics over the European territory of Russia

З.В. Андреева , М.В. Бухаров , В.А. Кровотынцев 
ГУ «Научно-исследовательский центр космической гидрометеорологии «Планета», 123242, Москва, Б. Предтеченский пер., 7
A seasonal and interannual dynamics of a relative area under continuous and dry snow cover over
the European Territory of Russia is analyzed based on two archives of maps compiled in the State
Organization Planeta Research Center from the information of the visible and IR- range AVHRR and a
microwave radiometer AMSU-A AS NOAA. An unstable change in the continuous snow cover area in
the winter months and a stable trend to its reduction in the spring months are established. A dry snow
cover area steadily increased in January, while in February and in the spring months, it monotonously
decreased. The specificity of synoptic, wind and temperature conditions, when opposite tendencies in
changes of the dry snow cover area were observed over the European Territory of Russia, was analyzed.
Keywords: snow cover; space monitoring; thematic processing
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