Glaciological and climatic evolution of the Croce Rossa glacier
The Croce Rossa Glacier (Viù Valley , Western Alps) is a small glacier hanging over a hydroelectric reservoir. The following parameters are monitored since 1998: net mass balance, surface displacements, temperature monitoring at the ice-rock interface, monitoring of ice volume change through comparison of multi-temporal aerial photogrammetric and airborne Lidar surveys. An AWS (Automatic Weather Station) located near the glacier automatically transmits meteorological and climatic data via satellite. Data collected on the glacier are integrated with climatic measurements acquired by other AWS available in the same catchment, allowing the assessment of glacier evolution and risk of a partial collapse in the underlying hydroelectric reservoir.
- Local climatic framework
- Mid- long-term evolution of the glacier (mass balance, surficial displacement of the glacier, ice volume change monitoring)
- Glacial risk assessment