Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-1053-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-1053-2020
Research article
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17 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 17 Dec 2020

GERALDINE (Google Earth Engine supRaglAciaL Debris INput dEtector): a new tool for identifying and monitoring supraglacial landslide inputs

William D. Smith, Stuart A. Dunning, Stephen Brough, Neil Ross, and Jon Telling

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Glacial landslides are difficult to detect and likely underestimated due to rapid covering or dispersal. Without improved detection rates we cannot constrain their impact on glacial dynamics or their potential climatically driven increases in occurrence. Here we present a new open-access tool (GERALDINE) that helps a user detect 92 % of these events over the past 38 years on a global scale. We demonstrate its ability by identifying two new, large glacial landslides in the Hayes Range, Alaska.