Wakhan Basin Glaciers

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The comprehensive baseline information on the glaciers of the Wakhan basin was generated semi-automatically using more than 200 Landsat 7 ETM+ images of 2005 ± 3 years with minimum cloud and snow coverage. The glacier outlines were derived by using object-based image classification method separately for clean-ice and debris-covered glaciers with some manual intervention. The attribute data were assigned to each glacier using 90m resolution SRTM DEM. The glacier data provides the status and baseline information of glaciers to the researchers, scientists and policy makers in the field of glacier melt water resource management, impact of climate change study and to reduce glacial hazards.

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