Decennal geomorphic transport from archived time series digital elevation models: a cookbook for tropical and alpine environments.
On the seasonal time scale, for accessible locations and when manpower is available, direct observations and field survey are the most useful and standard approaches. However very limited studies have been conducted on direct observation at the decennial to century time-scale due to observational constrains. Here, we present an open and reproducible pipeline based on historical aerial images (up to 70 yrs time span) that includes sensor calibration, dense matching and elevation reconstruction over two areas of interest that represent pristine examples for tropical and alpine environments. The Remparts Canyon and Langevin River in Reunion Island, and the Bossons glacier in the French Alps share a limited accessibility (in time and space) that can be overcome only from remote-sensing. We reach a metric to sub-metric resolution close to the nominal images spatial sampling. This provides elevation time series with a better resolution to most recent satellite images such as Pleiades over decennial time period.