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Volume 9, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 9, 663–673, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 9, 663–673, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 09 Apr 2015

Research article | 09 Apr 2015

On producing sea ice deformation data sets from SAR-derived sea ice motion

S. Bouillon and P. Rampal

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We present a new method to compute sea ice deformation fields from satellite-derived motion. The method particularly reduces the artificial noise that arises along discontinuities in the sea ice motion field. We estimate that this artificial noise may cause an overestimation of about 60% of sea ice opening and closing. The constant overestimation of the opening and closing could have led in previous studies to a large overestimation of freezing in leads, salt rejection and sea ice ridging.
We present a new method to compute sea ice deformation fields from satellite-derived motion. The...