Airborne campaigns for CryoSat prelaunch calibration and validation

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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
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventCryoSat Validation Workshop 2011 - Francati (Rome), Italy
    Duration: 1 Feb 20113 Feb 2011


    ConferenceCryoSat Validation Workshop 2011
    CityFrancati (Rome)


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