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Remote Sensing of Sea Ice

Lars-Anders Breivik(1), Tom Carrieres(2), Steinar Eastwood(1), Andrew Fleming(3), Fanny Girard-Ardhuin(4), Juha Karvonen(5), Ron Kwok(6), Walter N. Meier(7), Marko Mńkynen(8), Leif Toudal Pedersen(9), Stein Sandven(10), Markku Similń(5), Rasmus Tonboe(9)

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Sea ice data from satellites represent one of the longest earth observation records from space. The variations in temperature, emissivity and reflectivity of sea ice and the differences compared to the surrounding open ocean make it an ideal application of remote sensing. Several techniques and instruments have been developed and successfully utilized and today it is impossible to imagine operational sea ice monitoring and analysis without satellite data. However, as the use expands and need for knowledge moves forward, remote sensing of sea ice faces new challenges. This paper describes the use of satellite data in remote sensing of sea ice with a focus on operational applications. It provides an overview of status, recent developments and future challenges to improve sea ice monitoring from satellites.

1Norwegian Meteorological Institute, P.O.Box. 43, N-0313 Blindern, Norway
2Canadian Ice Service, 373 Sussex Drive, Block E, Third Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3 Canada
3British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, United Kingdom
4Laboratoire d'Oceanographie Spatiale, IFREMER (French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea/Institut Franšais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer), BP 70, 29280 PlouzanÚ, France
5Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O.Box 503, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
6Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive. Pasadena, California 91109, USA
7National Snow and Ice Data Center, Univ. of Colorado, UCB 449, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
8Finnish Meteorological Institute , P.O.Box 503, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
9Danish Meteorological Institute, Lyngbyvei 100, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
10Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Thorm°hlensgt. 47, N-5006 Bergen, Norway

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: l.a.breivik@met.no

This paper shall be cited as:

Breivik, L. & Co-Authors (2010). "Remote Sensing of Sea Ice" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.11

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