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Posted on February 4th, 2020

In Focus – Apollo Imagery & Academia – Estimation of Glacial Mass From High-Resolution Satellite Imagery

Over the many years, Apollo Mapping has helped a countless number of academics and professors source the proper imagery for their grant-funded research budgets. Whether it is 8-band multispectral and short-wave infrared (SWIR) WorldView-3 satellite imagery for land-use land-cover mapping; 50-cm digital elevation models (DEMs) for archeological research; or synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for monitoring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in remote regions, we have decades of expertise finding the correct geospatial data source for your next project.

A screen-grab of the 2004 IKONOS imagery used in Kenny’s research as seen in Image Hunter.

In this (NEW!) regular series, In Focus, we scour the Internet to find former Apollo Mapping clients who used our satellite imagery and/or DEMs in their academic research publication. So without further ado, here is our first feature article.

Article Title, Author & Academic Institution: Estimation of south cascade glacier summer mass balance derived from high resolution satellite imagery in 2004 and 2008, Washington, Ray Kenny, Fort Lewis College

Scientific Discipline(s): geology, GIS, glaciology, remote sensing

Project Description: Field-collected mass balance measurements of South Cascade Glacier are compared to high-resolution satellite imagery to allow for rapid and accurate estimation of mass balance from subsequent years of similar imagery.

Commercial Satellite Imagery Datasets Used: IKONOS and panchromatic-only WorldView-1

Are you a former Apollo Mapping academic client who want us to feature your research in a future edition of In Focus? If so, send us an email at, we would be happy to hear from you again!

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