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TC | Volume 13, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 13, 2869–2885, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2869-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 13, 2869–2885, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-2869-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 08 Nov 2019

Research article | 08 Nov 2019

Estimating the sea ice floe size distribution using satellite altimetry: theory, climatology, and model comparison

Christopher Horvat et al.
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Changes in the floe size distribution (FSD) are important for sea ice evolution but to date largely unobserved and unknown. Climate models, forecast centres, ship captains, and logistic specialists cannot currently obtain statistical information about sea ice floe size on demand. We develop a new method to observe the FSD at global scales and high temporal and spatial resolution. With refinement, this method can provide crucial information for polar ship routing and real-time forecasting.
Changes in the floe size distribution (FSD) are important for sea ice evolution but to date...
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