Comparison of sea-ice extent and ice-edge location estimates from passive microwave and enhanced-resolution scatterometer data
Abstract:Passive microwave sea-ice concentration fields provide some of the longest-running and most consistent records of changes in sea ice. Scatterometry-based sea-ice fields are more recently developed data products, but now they provide a record of ice conditions spanning several years. Resolution enhancement techniques applied to scatterometer fields provide much higher effective resolutions (∼10 km) than are available from standard scatterometer and passive microwave fields (25–50 km). Here we examine ice-extent fields from both sources and find that there is general agreement between scatterometer data and passive microwave fields, though scatterometer estimates yield substantially lower ice extents during winter. Comparisons with ice-edge locations estimated from AVHRR imagery indicate that enhanced scatterometer data can sometimes provide an improved edge location, but there is substantial variation in the results, depending on the local conditions. A blended product, using both scatterometer and passive microwave data, could yield improved results.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2008
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