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Polarimetric scatterometer and SAR measurements of snow covered first-year sea ice for snow thickness discrimination.

General

Project start
15.04.2014
Project end
21.05.2014
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Sea ice
Project topic
Climate research
Sea ice
Snow

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Canada
Fieldwork region
Cambridge Bay
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 69.1168641, -105.0596814

Fieldwork start
15.04.2014
Fieldwork end
21.05.2014

Project details

24.09.2018
Science / project plan

In this project we will collect C-band scatterometer data from the snow-covered first-year sea ice in Cambridge Bay in April and May 2014 fo the purpose of understanding the role of snow thickness on microwave backscatter as a function of changing snow dielectric properties due to diurnal and seasonal temperature changes. The instrument will be mounted on a komitik and moved to various snow thickness classes on smooth FYI during the winter to spring transition. The scatterometer measurements will be accompanied by physical sampling of the snow and ice. Distributed snow thickness measurements (ranging from 10-40 km away from camp) will be made at select FYI locations dictated by ASCAT/OSCAT pixel locations. 

Field site: Field camp, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada

PI: J. Yackel

Project Participants: Dr. John Yackel (UofCalgary); Dr. John Iacozza (CEOS); Alex Komarov (CEOS); Nariman Firoozy (CEOS); Dr. Randall Scharien (CEOS); T. Geldsetzer (UofCalgary); Mallik Mahmud (UofCalgary); Phillip Carew (UofCalgary)

Fieldwork summary/photo blog: Link to project summary report

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