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TC | Volume 12, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 12, 3551–3564, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3551-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 12, 3551–3564, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3551-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 13 Nov 2018

Research article | 13 Nov 2018

Estimating snow depth over Arctic sea ice from calibrated dual-frequency radar freeboards

Isobel R. Lawrence et al.
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In this paper we estimate the thickness of snow cover on Arctic sea ice from space. We use data from two radar altimeter satellites, AltiKa and CryoSat-2, that have been operating synchronously since 2013. We produce maps of monthly average snow depth for the four growth seasons (October to April): 2012–2013, 2013–2014, 2014–2015, and 2015–2016. Snow depth estimates are essential for the accurate retrieval of sea ice thickness from satellite altimetry.
In this paper we estimate the thickness of snow cover on Arctic sea ice from space. We use data...
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