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Summer Arctic sea ice character from satellite microwave dataIt is pointed out that Arctic sea ice and its environment undergo a number of changes during the summer period. Some of these changes affect the ice cover properties and, in turn, their response to thermal and mechanical forcing throughout the year. The main objective of this investigation is related to the development of a method for estimating the areal coverage of exposed ice, melt ponds, and leads, which are the basic surface variables determining the local surface albedo. The study is based on data obtained in a field investigation conducted from Mould Bay (NWT), Nimbus 5 satellite data, and Seasat data. The investigation demonstrates that microwave data from satellites, especially microwave brightness temperature, provide good data for estimating important characteristics of summer sea ice cover.
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Carsey, F. D.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
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August 12, 2013
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May 20, 1985
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Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 90
ISSN: 0148-0227
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