CryoSat Land Ice Product Validation within the CryoVal-LI project

Louise Sandberg Sørensen, Steven Baker, Bea Csatho, René Forsberg, Noel Gourmelen, Veit Helm, Kirsty Langley, Bernat Martinez , Peter Nienow, Ernst Schrama, Andrew Shepherd, Malcolm Davidson, Sebastian Bjerregaard Simonsen

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The main objective of the ESA funded CryoVal-LI project has been to identify and quantify the error sources for the CryoSat-2 mission over land ice. This has been undertaken through the careful documentation of the possible error sources, the identification of suitable validation sites and the creation of a public database containing validation data for these areas from recent ground and airborne field campaigns. These sites also offer considerable potential as sites on which to focus future validation efforts.
Through the utilization of these observational datasets, an extensive comparative analysis has been carried out in which Cryosat-2 data has been evaluated against airborne and in-situ data. A number of different Cryosat-2 data sets have been included in this analysis with the goal of testing the performance of different processing and retracking algorithms. A similar, but smaller validation analysis has also been carried out for ICESat data.
Here, we present the results of these analyses and outline the conclusions reached. Based on the findings from the project, a set of recommendations for the design of future land-ice/satellite validation campaigns will be given. Furthermore, the outcome of the re-tracker inter-comparison will be used to advocate a set of optimal re-tracking algorithms for Cryosat-2 in the next generation of L2 products.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventESA Living Planet Symposium 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016


ConferenceESA Living Planet Symposium 2016
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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