Remote sensing of snow wetness in Romania by Sentinel-1 and Terra MODIS data

  • Rune Solberg
  • Arnt Børre Salberg
  • Øivind Due Trier
  • Øystein Rudjord
  • Gheorghe Stancalie


Snow monitoring is essential for prediction of flooding due to rapid snowmelt, to provide snow avalanche risk forecasts and for water resource management – including hydropower production, agriculture, groundwater and drinking water. Sentinel-1 C-band SAR is sensitive to presence of wet snow and can be used to binary snow-wetness classification. Wet-snow mapping into more categories has been demonstrated in the past by using MODIS data. The combination of surface temperature and the temporal development of the effective snow grain size are used to infer approximately how wet the snow is.