High-resolution sea-ice motions from AMSR-E imagery
Authors: Meier, Walter N.; Dai, Mingrui
Source: Annals of Glaciology, Volume 44, Number 1, November 2006 , pp. 352-356(5)
Publisher: International Glaciological Society
Abstract:Passive microwave remote-sensing imagery has proven to be a useful source for sea-ice motions because of its all-sky capabilities. However, the low spatial resolution of the passive microwave sensors has not allowed the retrieval of small-scale motion details such as lead and ridge formation. The NASA Earth Observing System Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) has more than double the spatial resolution of previous passive microwave sensors, allowing it to track the formation of moderate-sized leads and yield much more detailed and more accurate ice-motion estimates. Comparisons with buoys indicate that AMSR-E motions have errors >30% lower than ice motions derived from the previous passive microwave sensors. While AMSR-E still cannot retrieve the same level of detail as synthetic aperture radars or visible/infrared sensors, AMSR-E's complete coverage can better capture the ephemeral motions of the sea-ice cover on daily, and potentially sub-daily, timescales.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2006-11-01
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