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Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 921–933, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-921-2018
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The Cryosphere, 12, 921–933, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-921-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 14 Mar 2018

Research article | 14 Mar 2018

Arctic sea ice signatures: L-band brightness temperature sensitivity comparison using two radiation transfer models

Friedrich Richter et al.
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L-band (1.4 GHz) brightness temperatures from ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity SMOS mission have been used to derive thin sea ice thickness. However, the brightness temperature measurements can potentially be assimilated directly in forecasting systems reducing the data latency and providing a more consistent first guess. We studied the forward (observation) operator that translates geophysical sea ice parameters from the ECMWF Ocean ReAnalysis Pilot 5 (ORAP5) into brightness temperatures.
L-band (1.4 GHz) brightness temperatures from ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity SMOS...
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