CryoSat2 Pre-Launch Validation Measurements on Arctic Sea Ice

Marcel Nicolaus, Stefan Hendricks, Lars Stenseng, Veit Helm, Rüdiger Gerdes, Christian Haas

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One of the main goals of ESA’s CryoSat-2 mission are estimates of the sea-ice mass and mass balance. For this aim, CryoSat-2 is designed to retrieve high-quality thickness data for over sea ice through its onboard radar altimeter. Together with other satellite data products, these thickness data of sea ice and its snow cover will contribute to increasing our understanding of atmosphere-ice-ocean interaction and improve our ability to quantify observed changes. Our validation measurements show that the penetration depth of the radar signal strongly depends on snow cover characteristics (seasonality and underlying ice type) and is often not the snow-ice interface, as commonly assumed. Validation transects, using airborne electromagnetic ice-thickness measurements, are shown to be a powerful tool for regional-scale validation experiments during different seasons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProdeedings of the European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventEuropean Space Agency's 2010 Living Planet Symposium - Grieghallen International Congress Centre, Bergen, Norway
Duration: 28 Jun 20102 Jul 2010


ConferenceEuropean Space Agency's 2010 Living Planet Symposium
LocationGrieghallen International Congress Centre
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