The SMOS-ice 2014 campaign focused on verifying sea-ice forecasts and satellite-derived ice products using passive microwave radiometry in L-band.
The campaign brought together scientists working on different types of sea-ice observations, specialists working on computer models generating ice forecasts, and engineers studying the trafficability of thin ice for ship-routing applications.
The experiment supports ESA’s Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and CryoSat missions.
- To investigate the spatial variability of L-band brightness temperatures across gradients of sea ice thickness.
- To understand the influence of the snow-layer.
- To directly compare airborne radiometry and thickness to the satellite retrievals.
SMOS-ice at a glance
|Location:||East of the Spitsbergen Archipelago|
|Platform:||Polar-5 aircraft (AWI); R/V Lance ship (NPI); helicopter (NPI)|
|Sensors:||EMIRAD-2 (DTU Space): L-Band radiometer; HEM (NPI): Helicopter Electromagnetic; sensor; snow radar (AWI)|
|Period:||22–28th March 2014|
|Related missions:||SMOS; CryoSat|
|Principal investigators:||Stefan Hendricks (AWI)|
|ESA coordinator:||Tânia Casal|
* Final meeting is expected to be held in December 2014.