Empirical sea ice thickness retrieval during the freeze up period from SMOS high incident angle observations.

Huntemann, M., Heygster, G., Kaleschke, L., Krumpen, T., Mäkynen, M. and Drusch, M. (2014) Empirical sea ice thickness retrieval during the freeze up period from SMOS high incident angle observations. The Cryosphere, 8 (2). pp. 439-451. DOI 10.5194/tc-8-439-2014.

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Abstract

Sea ice thickness information is important for sea ice modelling and ship operations. Here a method to detect the thickness of sea ice up to 50 cm during the freeze-up season based on high incidence angle observations of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite working at 1.4 GHz is suggested. By comparison of thermodynamic ice growth data with SMOS brightness temperatures, a high correlation to intensity and an anticorrelation to the difference between vertically and horizontally polarised brightness temperatures at incidence angles between 40 and 50° are found and used to develop an empirical retrieval algorithm sensitive to thin sea ice up to 50 cm thickness. The algorithm shows high correlation with ice thickness data from airborne measurements and reasonable ice thickness patterns for the Arctic freeze-up period.

Document Type: Article
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/tc-8-439-2014
ISSN: 1994-0416
Projects: Transdrift, Laptev Sea System
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2014 12:40
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 08:41
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/25351

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