The following sequence of Landsat 8 images were obtained from the USGS, corresponding to dates shown in pink/purple on the following timeseries of snow surface height at the summit of Quelccaya. Height increases are primarily the result of snowfall, while decreases mostly reflect melting. In viewing the images below, it might be helpful to have this graph open in another tab or window; click here for a jpeg or here for a PDF.
A composite GIF of the images is shown first. For more detail on each image, scroll down. Captions for each relate snowcover in the scene to AWS measurements in the days and months prior. We will continue tracking accumulation at the summit and relating surface height to Landsat imagery as the season continues. Further information about accumulation in past years, and interpretation of AWS measurements, is detailed in our comprehensive paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research (Hurley et al., 2015). See our previous blog post for images of fieldwork during April and May.
|Fig. 6 - Rapid ablation earlier in the month was halted by a relatively minor amount of accumulation ending just a few days prior to this image (27 May). The receipt of net radiation decreased tremendously due to higher albedo of the fresh snowcover.|
|Fig. 7 - Two weeks later (12 Jun.) mid-May snow accumulation is ablating. Due to a problem processing telemetry data, snowfall in the days just prior to and following this date is not known.|