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Name SMOSIce

Title SMOS Sea Ice Retrieval Study

Thematic Area Cryosphere

Cost 200 - 300 K

Action Line Novel Algorithms and Products

Status Completed in 2011

Missions SMOS

Sensors MIRAS

Project Description


Sea ice is one of the key parameters quantifying the exchange of energy and water between the ocean and the atmosphere. Accurate knowledge about its state is valuable for many applications including climate research, weather forecasting and operational oceanography. Thin ice with less than about 0.3 meters in thickness is of particular interest for the energy exchange processes between the atmosphere and the ocean in Polar Regions and for the dynamics of sea ice cover.

ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is part of ESA's Living Planet Programme and will provide observations at 1.4 GHz. The level-2 data products in the current processor comprise surface soil moisture (over land) and salinity (over oceans). However, due to the relatively high penetration depth at L-band, information about sea ice thickness can be obtained for thin sea ice. This study should facilitate an additional SMOS level-2 product for thin sea-ice (less than 1m thick) complementing the CryoSat sea-ice thickness product. In addition, the link between the SMOS community and the sea-ice community (e.g. the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project) shall be consolidated.

Project Consortium

Project Partners U Hamburg : Universitaet Hamburg(Prime contractor)
U Bremen : University of Bremen(Subcontractor)
FMI : Finnish Meteorological Institute(Subcontractor)
DMI : Danish Meteorological Institute (Subcontractor)
AWI : Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research(Subcontractor)

Contact Points

Project Manager Dr. Lars Kaleschke
Institut für Meereskunde, KlimaCampus
Universität Hamburg
Bundesstrasse 53, D-20146 Hamburg,
Tel: +49 (0)40 42838 6518
FAX: +49 (0)40 42838 7471

Technical Officer Matthias Drusch


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