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An airborne snow-thickness RADAR for marine glaciology application


Lieser, JL and Jansen, PW, An airborne snow-thickness RADAR for marine glaciology application, Strategic Science in Antarctica conference program, 24-26 June 2013, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]


Snow on sea ice has a profound influence on the albedo of the ice covered ocean and the heat flux between ocean and atmosphere in the sea ice zone. Knowledge of the thickness of the snow cover on sea ice is also essential to compute sea ice thickness from altimeter data. Precise measurements of both, snow and sea ice thickness will allow for an assessment of the performance of numerical models of the physical polar environment. To estimate the thickness of the snow cover on sea ice over sufficiently large areas (tens of kilometres) space-borne instrumentation is required, for example the radar altimeter of CryoSat-2, or the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer AMSR-2. In-situ measurements of snow properties are essential to enable adequate calibration and validation of these satellite data products.

We present an airborne snow thickness RADAR deployed by the Australian Antarctic program in the East Antarctic sea ice zone. This instrument is used to bridge the gap between highly detailed/small scale (space and time) measurements of snow properties, including surface elevation (freeboard), and broad scale/resolution space-borne estimates. These will be used to improve the ice and snow thickness products from satellite laser and radar altimetry, which provide the necessary global coverage for monitoring large-scale change.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:snow-thickness, marine glaciology, sea ice, airborne snow thickness RADAR
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Lieser, JL (Dr Jan Lieser)
UTAS Author:Jansen, PW (Mr Peter Jansen)
ID Code:90794
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-04-24
Last Modified:2016-01-06

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