SnowMonit is designed to improve services that treat snow avalanche information through EO data. Snow accumulation, depth, and water equivalent are managed in order to exploit maps as a service while supporting the predictability of mountain hazards and the management of resources (water, energy).
This near real-time service will lead to a fine-scale resolution of situational awareness for nowcasting and warn-on-forecast applications.
Warning services for snow and avalanches very often cover remote areas that are not easily accessed and prone to natural or man-made disasters. The quality of Earth observation data can significantly impact spatial and temporal resolution in the effort to solve major safety problems in a timely manner.
This basic information is strengthening the operational performance of forecast models currently used to assess snowpack stability. Meanwhile, all stakeholders along the risk management value chain are able to consume advanced services and evolved data ready to use over the Internet through effective OGC-compliant endpoints such as WMS, WFS, and WPS.