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CryoVex KAREN Antarctica 2017 2018

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What was the purpose of CryoVex KAREN Antarctica 2017 2018

Twin Otter aircraft over Antarctica
Twin Otter aircraft over Antarctica

ESA’s CryoVEx/Karen 2017‐18 campaign took place in Antarctica in from Dec 2017 to Jan 2018. The campaign was composed of an airborne and in‐situ campaign and acquired extensive data sets of scanning lidar, Ku‐ and Ka‐band nadir‐looking radar, and auxiliary imagery for validation of the ESA CryoSat‐2 satellite (Ku‐band radar altimetry) and the French‐Indian AltiKa mission (Ka‐band radar altimetry).

The campaign was also designed to acquire data for studying the radar penetration of Ku‐ and Ka‐band radar in snow and firn over the Antarctica sea ice and ice sheet. The airborne radar and laser survey was supported by 2 ground teams, one that took shallow cores on the southern part of the Antarctic Peninsula and the other collected sea ice thickness and snow depth in the Weddell Sea.

Outcome of the campaign

Estimated freeboard (elevation above local sea level) from radar Ku (ASIRAS), Radar Ka (KAREN) and ALS (near infrared laser) was calculated. The L1b radar products were retracked (using TFRMA 50%) to give elevations similar to the ALS product. Results show that the freeboard from ALS provides the highest freeboard values, ASIRAS the lowest and KAREN is in between.

Freeboard differences for a single flight compared with snow thickness observations from ASPeCt (Antarctic Sea ice Processes and Climate) observational data (Worby et al. 2008) spanning The ASPeCt dataset spanning from 1981‐2005 showed that the observed snow depth during ASPeCt is generally lower than the ALS/ASIRAS difference.

Download the CryoVEx Ant 2017-2018 Final Report



 

Campaign Summary
Year 2017/2018
Geographic Site Antarctica (West)
Field of Application Radar altimetry, land and sea-ice
Dataset Size 70 Gb

 

Digital Object Identifier: https://doi.org/110.5270/ESA-628233c - Cryovex/KAREN Antarctica 2017/18 

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