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Antarctic sea-ice extents and concentrations: comparison of satellite and ship measurements from International Polar Year cruises


Ozsoy-Cicek, B and Ackley, SF and Worby, A and Xie, H and Lieser, J, Antarctic sea-ice extents and concentrations: comparison of satellite and ship measurements from International Polar Year cruises, Annals of Glaciology, 52, (57) pp. 318-326. ISSN 0260-3055 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3189/172756411795931877


Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) ship-based ice observations, conducted during the Sea Ice Mass Balance in the Antarctic (SIMBA) and Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX) International Polar Year (IPY) cruises (September-October 2007), are used to validate remote-sensing measurements of ice extent and concentration. Observations include varied sea-ice types at and inside the ice edge of West (~90 Degree W) and East (~120 Degree E) Antarctica. Time series of Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) ice extents and US National Ice Center (NIC) ice edges were obtained for the 2007-08 periods bracketing the period these cruises were conducted. A comparison between passive microwave satellite imagery and ASPeCt observations of sea-ice concentration during two cruises was also performed. In 908W regions, the concentrated pack ice indicated good correlation between ship observations and passive microwave estimates of the ice concentration (R2 = 0.80). In the marginal zone of West Antarctica and over nearly the entire sea-ice zone of East Antarctica, correlation dropped to R2 < 0.60. These findings are consistent with other studies comparing passive microwave and ship observations and further verify that the East Antarctic sea-ice zone is more marginal in character. There are significant ice-edge differences between AMSR-E and NIC between late November 2007 and early March 2008 such that the AMSR-E sea-ice extent estimate is 1-2x106 km2 less than the NIC estimate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic sea-ice, satellite, ship measurements, IPY
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Worby, A (Professor Anthony Worby)
UTAS Author:Lieser, J (Dr Jan Lieser)
ID Code:76887
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2012-03-14
Last Modified:2022-08-26
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