Hannah Ming Siu Vickers

Hannah Ming Siu Vickers

Senior Researcher

+47 976 98 848
Siva Innovasjonssenter, Sykehusvn 21, 9019 Tromsø

Hannah has a background in physics and she received an MPhys in Physics with Atmospheric Physics from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2007. This was followed by a PhD at the Unveristy of Leicester where she specialised in radar diagnostics of the ionosphere. A passion for mountaineering led her to a three-year postdoctor position in the Insitute for Physics and Technology at the University of Tromsø in 2011, which was spent working on development of methods to retrieve thermospheric parameters from EISCAT radar data.

After a few years in Tromsø a growing interest in ski touring and avalanche safety knowledge resulted in her joining NORCE (then Norut) where she began to work on remote sensing of snow using satellite based radar and using these datasets to develop an algorithm for automatic detection and monitoring of avalanche activity using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images. This work was initally focused on the areas surrounding Tromsø but has now been operationalised and used by the Norwegian avalanche forecasting service.

Hannah now works in the Climate and Environment section at NORCE and is engaged in the use of satellite based optical and radar sensors to monitor snow cover and snow condition in particular in Svalbard, and how these are connected to ongoing climate change in the polar regions.

Personal webpage (non-scientific content!): https://peakbook.org/hmsv1

Hannah Ming Siu Vickers


Climate & Environment

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Regionalt klima og klimaservice

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A Synthetic Aperture Radar Based Method for Long Term Monitoring of Seasonal Snowmelt and Wintertime Rain-On-Snow Events in Svalbard – Frontiers in Earth Science 2022
A compilation of snow cover datasets for svalbard: A multi-sensor, multi-model study – Remote Sensing 2021
A 20-Year MODIS-Based Snow Cover Dataset for Svalbard and Its Link to Phenological Timing and Sea Ice Variability – Remote Sensing 2020
Snow avalanche segmentation in SAR images with Fully Convolutional Neural Networks – IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 2020
Near-Real Time Automatic Snow Avalanche Activity Monitoring System Using Sentinel-1 SAR Data in Norway – Remote Sensing 2019
Long-Term Water Surface Area Monitoring and Derived Water Level Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) at Altevatn, a Medium-Sized Arctic Lake – Remote Sensing 2019
State of the climate in 2017 – Bulletin of The American Meteorological Society - (BAMS) 2018
Tundra Greenness – 2017
Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) monitoring of avalanche activity: An automated detection scheme – Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 2017
Fjordis - muligheter for overvåkning av is i fjordene rundt Svalbard. (3/2016) – Norut 2016
A method for automated snow avalanche debris detection through use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging – Earth and Space Science 2016
Changes in greening in the high Arctic: Insights from a 30 year AVHRR max NDVI dataset for Svalbard – Environmental Research Letters 2016
First Sentinel-1 detections of avalanche debris – The Cryosphere 2015
First observation of the anomalous electric field in the topside ionosphere by ionospheric modification over EISCAT – Geophysical Research Letters 2014
A solar cycle of upper thermosphere density observations from the EISCAT Svalbard Radar – Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics 2014
Thermospheric atomic oxygen density estimates using the EISCAT Svalbard Radar – Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics 2013
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