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Sergienko, Olga V., and Richard C. A. Hindmarsh. 2013. Regular Patterns in Frictional Resistance of Ice-Stream Beds Seen by Surface Data Inversion. Science 342(6162): 1086-1089. doi:

Sharov, A., and D. Nikolskiy. 2013. Satellite Map Series of Long-Term Elevation Changes on Eurasia's Northernmost Ece Caps. Towards Horizon 2020 Proc. 33d EARSeL Symp.

Shi, Junchao, Massimo Menenti, and Roderik Lindenbergh. 2013. Parameterization of Surface Roughness Based on ICESat/GLAS Full Waveforms: A Case Study on the Tibetan Plateau. J. of Hydrometeorology  14(4): 1278–1292. doi:

Shi, Yuli, et al. 2013. Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations Model of Tree Heights: Part 1. Model Optimization and Testing Over Continental USA. Remote Sensing 5(1): 284-306.

Sinisalo, Anna, et al. 2013. Surface Mass Balance on Fimbul Ice Shelf, East Antarctica: Comparison of Field Measurements and Large-Scale Studies. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 118(20): 11,625-11,635. doi:

Song, Chunqiao, Bo Huang, and Linghong Ke. 2013. Modeling and Analysis of Lake Water Storage Changes on the Tibetan Plateau Using Multi-Mission Satellite Data. Remote Sensing of Environment 135: 25-35. doi:

Srivastava, Priyeshu, et al. 2013. Water Level Changes of High Altitude Lakes in Himalaya-Karakoram from ICESat Altimetry. Journal of Earth System Science 122(6): 1533-1543. doi:

Sun, Xiaoli, et al. 2013. Space Lidar Developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - The First 20 Years. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 6(3): 1660-1675. doi:

Sundal, A. V., et al. 2013. Controls on Short-Term Variations in Greenland Glacier Dynamics. J. of Glaciology 59(217): 883-892. doi:

Tripathi, P., and M. D. Behera. 2013. Plant Height Profiling in Western India Using LiDAR Data. Current Science 105(7): 970-977.

Vierling, Lee A., et al. 2013. Using Satellite and Airborne LiDAR to Model Woodpecker Habitat Occupancy at the Landscape Scale. PLOS One 8(12): e80988. doi:

Wang X. W., P. Gong, Y. Zhao, Y. Xu, X. Cheng, Z. Niu, Z. Luo, H. Huang, F. Sun and X. Li. 2013. Water-level Changes in China's Large Lake Determined from ICESat/ GLAS Data. Remote Sensing of Environment  132C: 131-144. doi:

Wang, C., F. Tang, L. Li, G. Li, F. Cheng, and X. Xi. 2013. Wavelet Analysis for ICESat/GLAS Waveform Decomposition and its Application in Average Tree Height Estimation. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE 10(1): 115-119.

Wang, X. W., Chang, X., Huang, H. B., and Li, Z. 2013. DEM Production for Dome-A Combining GPS and GLAS Data. Journal of Remote Sensing 17(2): 439-451.

Wang, Xiaoyi, et al. 2013. Forest Canopy Height Extraction in Rugged Areas With ICESat/GLAS Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52(8): 4650-4657. doi:

Wang, Xu, et al. 2013. Glacier and Glacial Lake Changes and Their Relationship in the Context of Climate Change, Central Tibetan Plateau 1972-2010. Global and Planetary Change 111: 246-257. doi:

Wen Liu and Qi Chen. 2013. Synergistic Use of Satellite Laser Altimetry and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission DEM for Estimating Ground Elevation Over Mountainous Vegetated Areas. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE 10(3): 481-485.

Xie, Hongjie, et al. 2013. Sea Ice Thickness Estimations from ICESat Altimetry Over the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas, 2003–2009. J. of Geophysical Research - Oceans 118(C5): 2438-2453. doi:

Xu J., et al. 2013. Recent Changes in Glacial Area and Volume on Tuanjiefeng Peak Region of Qilian Mountains, China. PLOS ONE 8(8): e70574. doi:

Yang, Yuekui, et al. 2013. Assessment of Cloud Screening with Apparent Surface Reflectance in Support of the ICESat-2 Mission. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 51(2): 1037-1045. doi:

Zhang, GuoQing, et al. 2013. Water Balance Estimates of Ten Greatest Lakes in China Using ICESat and Landsat Data. Chinese Science Bulletin 15 p. doi:

Zhang, Guoqing, et al. 2013. Increased Mass Over the Tibetan Plateau: From lakes or Glaciers?. Geophysical Research Letters 40(10): 2125-2130. doi:


Abdallah, H., N. Baghdadi, J. S. Bailly, Y. Pastol, and F. Fabre. 2012. Wa-LiD: A New LiDAR Simulator for Waters. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE 9(4): 744-748.

Agosta, C., V. Favier, C. Genthon, H. Gallée, G. Krinner, J. T. M. Lenaerts, and M. R. van de Broeke. 2012. A 40-Year Accumulation Dataset for Adelie Land, Antarctica and its Application for Model Validation. Climate Dynamics 38 (1-2): 75-86.

Arcone, Steven A., et al. 2012. Unconformable Stratigraphy in East Antarctica: Part 1. Large Firn Cosets, Recrystallized Growth, and Model Evidence for Intensified Accumulation. Journal of Glaciology 58(208): 240-52.

Ayanu, Yohannes Zergaw, et al. 2012. Quantifying and Mapping Ecosystem Services Supplies and Demands: A Review of Remote Sensing Applications. Environmental Science & Technology 46(16): 8529-8541.

Bisiaux, M. M., et al. 2012. Changes in Black Carbon Deposition to Antarctica from Two High-Resolution Ice Core Records, 1850-2000 AD. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12: 4107-4115.

Christianson, Knut, et al. 2012. Subglacial Lake Whillans - Ice-Penetrating Radar and Gps Observations of a Shallow Active Reservoir beneath a West Antarctic Ice Stream. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 331-332: 237-45. doi:

Dupont, Florent, et al. 2012. Monitoring the Melt Season Length of the Barnes Ice Cap over the 1979-2010 Period Using Active and Passive Microwave Remote Sensing Data. Hydrological Processes 26(17): 2643-52. doi:

Ewert, H., A. Groh, and R. Dietrich. 2012. Volume and Mass Changes of the Greenland Ice Sheet Inferred from ICESat and GRACE. Journal of Geodynamics 59-60(0): 111-123.

Ewert, H., S. V. Popov, A. Richter, J. Schwabe, M. Scheinert, and R. Dietrich. 2012. Precise Analysis of ICESat Altimetry Data and Assessment of the Hydrostatic Equilibrium for Subglacial Lake Vostok, East Antarctica. Geophysical Journal International 191(2): 557-568.

Fang, Zhou, et al. 2012. Study on Forest Above-Ground Biomass Synergy Inversion from GLAS and HJ-1 Data. Kyoto, Japan. SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing, October 29, 2012.

Farrell, Sinead L., et al. 2012. Mean Dynamic Topography of the Arctic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters 39(1). doi:

García, Mariano, Sorin Popescu, David Riaño, Kaiguang Zhao, Amy Neuenschwander, Muge Agca, Emilio Chuvieco. 2012. Characterization of Canopy Fuels Using Icesat/Glas Data. Remote Sensing of Environment 123: 81-89. doi:

Gruber, Astrid, Birgit Wessel, Martin Huber, and Achim Roth. 2012. Operational TanDEM-X DEM Calibration and First Validation Results. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 73(0): 39-49.

Hall, Amanda C., et al. 2012. Geodetic Corrections to Amazon River Water Level Gauges Using Icesat Altimetry. Water Resources Research  48(06). doi:

Hayashi, Masato, et al. 2012. Measuring Forest Canopy Height using ICESat/GLAS Data for Applying to Japanese Spaceborne LiDAR Mission. Proc. SPIE 8526, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring XIII 85260M. doi:

Hilbert, Claudia, and Christiane Schmullius. 2012. Influence of Surface Topography on Icesat/Glas Forest Height Estimation and Waveform Shape. Remote Sensing 4(8): 2210-35. doi:

Horgan, Huw J., et al. 2012. Subglacial Lake Whillans - Seismic Observations of a Shallow Active Reservoir beneath a West Antarctic Ice Stream. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 331-332: 201-09. doi:

Jaber, W. A., D. Floricioiu, H. Rott, and M. Eineder. 2012. Dynamics of Fast Glaciers in the Patagonia Icefields Derived from TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X Data. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), IEEE International, 22-27 July 2012 3226-3229. doi:

Jawak, Shridhar D., and Alvarinho J. Luis. 2012. Synergistic Use of Multitemporal Ramp, Icesat and Gps to Construct an Accurate Dem of the Larsemann Hills Region, Antarctica. Advances in Space Research 50(4): 457-70. doi:

Ji, Lei, Bruce K. Wylie, Dana R. Nossov, Birgit Peterson, Mark P. Waldrop, Jack W. McFarland, Jennifer Rover, and Teresa N. Hollingsworth. 2012. Estimating Aboveground Biomass in Interior Alaska with Landsat Data and Field Measurements. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 18: 451-61. doi:

Kaab A., E. Berthier, C. Nuth, J. Gardelle and Y. Arnaud. 2012. Contrasting Patterns of Early Twenty-First-Century Glacier Mass Change in the Himalayas. Nature  488(7412): 495-498. doi:

Kotlyakov, V. M., et al. 2012. Cascades of Subglacial Lakes in Antarctica. Doklady Earth Sciences 443(2): 509-512.

Kropacek, J., A. Braun, S. C. Kang, C. Feng, Q. H. Ye, and V. Hochschild. 2012. Analysis of Lake Level Changes in Nam Co in Central Tibet Utilizing Synergistic Satellite Altimetry and Optical Imagery. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 17: p 3-11. doi:

Leon, J. X. and T. J. Cohen. 2012. An Improved Bathymetric Model for the Modern and Palaeo Lake Eyre. Geomorphology 173-174(0): 69-79.

Li, X., et al. 2012. Terrain Estimation within Footprint from ICESat/GLAS Waveform: Model and Method. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing  6(1): 63534.

Liu, Jun, et al. 2012. Elevation Change of Lambert-Amery System from ICESat/GLAS Data. Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA), 2012 Second International Workshop on, 8-11 June 2012 246-248. doi:

Lombardo, Umberto, Jan-Hendrik May, and Heinz Veit. 2012. Mid- to Late-Holocene Fluvial Activity Behind Pre-Columbian Social Complexity in the Southwestern Amazon Basin. The Holocene 22(9): 1035-1045.

Los, S. O., J. A. B. Rosette, N. Kljun, P. R. J. North, L. Chasmer, J. C. Suárez, C. Hopkinson, R. A. Hill, E. van Gorsel, C. Mahoney, and J. A. J. Berni. 2012. Vegetation Height and Cover Fraction Between 60° S and 60° N from ICESat GLAS Data. Geoscientific Model Development 5(2): 413-432. doi:

Margono, Belinda A., et al. 2012. Mapping and Monitoring Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Sumatra (Indonesia) Using Landsat Time Series Data Sets from 1990 to 2010. Environmental Research Letters 7. doi:

Marsh, O. J., and W. Rack. 2012. A Method of Calculating Ice-Shelf Surface Velocity Using Icesat Altimetry. Polar Record 244(1): 25-30. doi:

McMillan, Malcolm, et al. 2012. Mapping Ice-Shelf Flow with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Stacking. Journal of Glaciology 58(208): 265-77. doi:

Moholdt, G. and A. Kaab. 2012. A New DEM of the Austfonna Ice Cap by Combining Differential SAR Interferometry with ICESat Laser Altimetry. Polar Research 31: 18460.

Moholdt, Geir, Bert Wouters, and Alex S. Gardner. 2012. Recent Mass Changes of Glaciers in the Russian High Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters  39(10): L10502. doi:

Moholdt, Geir, et al. 2012. Dynamic Instability of Marine-Terminating Glacier Basins of Academy of Sciences Ice Cap, Russian High Arctic. Annals of Glaciology 53(60): 193-201. doi:

Muralikrishnan, S., et al. 2012. Validation of Indian National Dem from Cartosat-1 Data. Journal of the Indian Society for Remote Sensing 41(1): p 1-13. doi:

Phan, Vu Hien, Roderik Lindenbergh, and Massimo Menenti. 2012. Icesat Derived Elevation Changes of Tibetan Lakes between 2003 and 2009. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoscience 17(S1): p 12-22. doi:

Price, D. et al. 2012. Assessment of Sea Ice Freeboard and Thickness in Mcmurdo Sound, Antarctica, Derived by Ground Validated Satellite Altimeter Data. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences  39(B8): 585-90.

Sasgen, Ingo, Volker Klemann, and Zdenek Martinec. 2012. Towards the Inversion of Grace Gravity Fields for Present-Day Ice-Mass Changes and Glacial-Isostatic Adjustment in North America and Greenland. Journal of Geodynamics  59-60: 49-63. doi:

Schenk, T. and B. Csatho. 2012. A New Methodology for Detecting Ice Sheet Surface Elevation Changes from Laser Altimetry Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 50(9): 3302-3316.

Selkowitz, D. J., G. Green, B. Peterson, and B. Wylie. 2012. A Multi-Sensor Lidar, Multi-Spectral and Multi-Angular Approach for Mapping Canopy Height in Boreal Forest Regions. Remote Sensing of Environment 121: 458-71. doi:

Stroeve, Julienne C. and Walter Meier. 2012. Arctic Sea Ice Decline. Greenhouse Gases - Emission, ed. Guoxiang Liu: 441-462.

Sugiyama, Shin, et al. 2012. Snow Density Along the Route Traversed by the Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition 2007/08. Journal of Glaciology  58(209): 529-539.

Wang, Weili, Jun Li, and H. Jay Zwally. 2012. Dynamic Inland Propogation of Thinning due to Ice Loss at the Margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Journal of Glaciology 58(210): 734-740.

Wang, Xianwei, et al. 2012. Lake Water Footprint Identification from Time-Series Icesat/Glas Data. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 9(3): 333-37.

Willis, Michael J., Andrew K. Melkonian, Matthew E. Pritchard, and Andrés Rivera. 2012. Ice Loss from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, South America, between 2000 and 2012. Geophysical Research Letters 39(17): L17501. doi:


Abdallah, H., J. S. Bailly, N. Baghdadi, and N. Lemarquand. 2011. Improving the Assessment of Icesat Water Altimetry Accuracy Accounting for Autocorrelation. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 66(6): 833-844. doi:

Baghdadi, N., N. Lemarquand, H. Abdallah, and J. S. Bailly. 2011. The Relevance of GLAS/ICESat Elevation Data for the Monitoring of River Networks. Remote Sensing 3(4): 708-720.

Ballhorn, U., J. Jubanski, and F. Siegert. 2011. Icesat/Glas Data as a Measurement Tool for Peatland Topography and Peat Swamp Forest Biomass in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Remote Sensing 3(9): 1957-1982.

Bengtson, L., S. Koumoutsaris, and K. Hodges. 2011. Large-Scale Surface Mass Balance of Ice Sheets from a Comprehensive Atmospheric Model. Surveys in Geophysics. doi: (PDF File,

Bindschadler, R., et al. 2011. Getting around Antarctica: New High-Resolution Mappings of the Grounded and Freely-Floating Boundaries of the Antarctic Ice Sheet Created for the International Polar Year. Cryosphere 5: 569–588. doi:

Brunt, K. M., H. A. Fricker, and L. Padman. 2011. Analysis of Ice Plains of the Filchnerronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, Using Icesat Laser Altimetry. Journal of Glaciology 57(205): 965-975. doi:

Cheng, F., C. Wang, J. Wang, F. Tang, and X. Xi. 2011. Trend Analysis of Building Height and Total Floor Space in Beijing, China Using Icesat/Glas Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32(23): 8823-8835. doi:

Fujita, S., et al. 2011. Spatial and Temporal Variability of Snow Accumulation Rate on the East Antarctic Ice Divide between Dome Fuji and Epica Dml. The Cryosphere 5: 1057-1081. doi:

Gardner, A. S., G. Moholdt, B. Wouters, G. J. Wolken, D. O. Burgess, M. J. Sharp, J. G. Cogley, C. Braun, and C. Labine. 2011. Sharply Increased Mass Loss from Glaciers and Ice Caps in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Nature  473 (7347): 357-360. doi:

Gong, P., Z. Li, H. Huang, G. Sun, and L. Wang. 2011. Icesat Glas Data for Urban Environment Monitoring. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  49(3): 1158-1172.

Griggs, J. A., and J. L. Bamber. 2011. Antarctic Ice-Shelf Thickness from Satellite Radar Altimetry. Journal of Glaciology 57(203): 485-498. (PDF File, 197 KB)

Gudmundsson, S., H. Björnsson, E. Magnússon, E. Berthier, F. Pálsson, M. T. Gudmundsson, and J. Dall. 2011. Response of Glacier Mass Balance to Regional Warming, Deduced by Remote Sensing on Three glaciers in S-Iceland. Vedur 20092011.

Horgan, H. J., R. T. Walker, S. Anandakrishnan, and R. B. Alley. 2011. Surface Elevation Changes at the Front of the Ross Ice Shelf: Implications for Basal Melting. J. Geophys. Res. 116(C2): C02005. doi:

Kotlyakov, V., L. Vasiliev, A. Kachalin, M. Moskalevskii, and A. Tyuflin. 2011. Punctuated Equilibrium of the Surface above Subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. Doklady Earth Sciences 438(1): 649-651. doi:

Kumar, A., and P. Trivedi. 2011. Co-Kriging Approach for Cartosat-1 Height Product with Icesat/Glas Data for Digital Elevation Surface Generation. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing 40(1): p 11-17. doi:

Kurtz, N. T., T. Markus, S. L. Farrell, D. L. Worthen, and L. N. Boisvert. 2011. Observations of Recent Arctic Sea Ice Volume Loss and Its Impact on Ocean-Atmosphere Energy Exchange and Ice Production. J. Geophys. Res.  116(C4): C04015. Art. C04015. doi:

Lee, S., W. Ni-Meister, W. Yang, and Q. Chen. 2011. Physically Based Vertical Vegetation Structure Retrieval from Icesat Data: Validation Using LVIS in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Remote Sensing of Environment  115(11): 2776-2785. doi:

Lemarquand, N., N. Baghdadi, and J. S. Bailly. 2011. Etude De La Précision Du Satellite Lidar Glas-Icesat Pour L'altimétrie Des Eaux Continentales. Hyper Articles en ligne (HAL)  2(194): 45-52.

Li, A., C. Huang, G. Sun, H. Shi, C. Toney, Z. Zhu, M. G. Rollins, S. N. Goward, and J. G. Masek. 2011. Modeling the Height of Young Forests Regenerating from Recent Disturbances in Mississippi Using Landsat and Icesat Data. Remote Sensing of Environment  115(8): 1837-1849. doi:

Li, Jun, Anita C. Brenner, Matthew Beckley, Helen G. Cornejo, John DiMarzio, Mario B. Giovinetto, Tom Neumann, John Robbins, Jack L. Saba, Donghui Yi, and Weili Wang. 2011. Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Balance: Distribution of Increased Mass Loss with Climate Warming. Journal of Glaciology 57(201): 88-102.

Li, L., and Y. Xing. 2011. Icesat-Glas-Based Forest Type Classification Using Svm Artificial Intelligence and Computational Intelligence. Edited by Deng, H., et al.: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg 630-638. doi:

Li, Licun, and Yanqiu Xing. 2011. Study on Forest Type Classification Based on Icesat-Glas Lidar Data. 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Management Science and Electronic Commerce (AIMSEC). 8-10 August, 2011. : 3379-3382.

Liu, C., N. Cai, and H. Wu. 2011. 2011. Biomass Estimation Based on the Fusion of Icesat Glas and Modis Data in the Chongming Eastern Tidal Flat of the Yangtze River. 2011 International Symposium on Image and Data Fusion, 1-4, 9-11 August 2011.

Los, S. O., et al. 2011. Vegetation Height Products between 60° S and 60° N from Icesat Glas Data. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions  4(3): 2327-2363. doi:

Miller, M. E., M. Lefsky, and Y. Pang. 2011. Optimization of Geoscience Laser Altimeter System Waveform Metrics to Support Vegetation Measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment  115(2): 298-305. doi:

Molijn, R. A., R. C. Lindenbergh, and B. C. Gunter. 2011. Icesat Laser Full Waveform Analysis for the Classification of Land Cover Types over the Cryosphere. International Journal of Remote Sensing  32(23): 8799-8822. doi:

Nuth, C. and A. Kääb. 2011. Co-registration and Bias Corrections of Satellite Elevation Data Sets for Quantifying Glacier Thickness Change. The Cryosphere 5 271-290. doi:

Palm, S. P., Y. Yang, J. D. Spinhirne, and A. Marshak. 2011. Satellite Remote Sensing of Blowing Snow Properties over Antarctica. J. Geophys. Res.  116(D16): D16123. doi:

Pfeifer, M., M. Disney, T. Quaife, and R. Marchant. 2011. Terrestrial Ecosystems from Space: A Review of Earth Observation Products for Macroecology Applications. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi:

Popescu, S. C., K. Zhao, A. Neuenschwander, and C. Lin. 2011. Satellite Lidar Vs. Small Footprint Airborne Lidar: Comparing the Accuracy of Aboveground Biomass Estimates and Forest Structure Metrics at Footprint Level. Remote Sensing of Environment  115(11): 2786-2797. doi:

Ren, D., R. Fu, L. M. Leslie, J. Chen, C. R. Wilson, and D. J. Karoly. 2011. The Greenland Ice Sheet Response to Transient Climate Change. Journal of Climate 24(13): 3469-3483. doi:

Rinne, E. J., A. Shepherd, S. Palmer, M. R. van den Broeke, A. Muir, J. Ettema, and D. Wingham. 2011. On the Recent Elevation Changes at the Flade Isblink Ice Cap, Northern Greenland. J. Geophys. Res.  116(F3): F03024. doi:

Rinne, E., A. Shepherd, A. Muir, and D. Wingham. 2011. A Comparison of Recent Elevation Change Estimates of the Devon Ice Cap as Measured by the ICESat and EnviSAT Satellite Altimeters. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 49 (6): 1902-1910. doi: