SmartStake

Monitor the glacier ablation with sub-hourly time step and millimetric accuracy

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SmartStake is a portable and autonomous station for tracking the glacier mass loss along the melt season

Monitoring rate
4 meas./hour

Cumulative ablation
Up to 7 m

Resolution
1 mm

Data storage
Internal SD card

Communication
LoRaWAN, wireless

Additional sensors
GPS
Snowfall detector
Temperature

Continuous measurement based on a reliable and simple method

The device is installed on the surface of the glacier and a rope is uncoiled into a hole drilled in the ice. As the ice melt, the elevation of the device decreases and the rope coils back. The instrument measures the winding of the rope and computes the corresponding vertical displacement, hence the cumulative ice ablation.