Airborne campaigns for CryoSat prelaunch calibration and validation

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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After the successful launch of CryoSat-2 in April 2010, the first direct validation campaign of the satellite is planned for spring 2011. DTU Space has been involved in ESA’s CryoSat Validation Experiment (CryoVEx) with airborne activities since 2003. To validate the prelaunch performance of the CryoSat radar altimeter (SIRAL), an airborne version of the SIRAL altimeter (ASIRAS) has been flown together with a laser scanner in 2006 and 2008. Of particular interest is to study the penetration depth of the radar altimeter over both land- and sea ice. This can be done by comparing the radar and laser measurements with in situ observations. Here, an overview of the prelaunch airborne campaigns is given, together with results of the ASIRAS performance over land- and sea ice. The observations, used in this study, are obtained from the Greenland ice sheet and from both multiyear and first year sea ice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedings of CryoSat Validation Workshop 2011 : CD
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
Publication date2011
StatePublished - 2011
EventCryoSat Validation Workshop 2011 - Francati (Rome), Italy


ConferenceCryoSat Validation Workshop 2011
CityFrancati (Rome)
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