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CryoVExAnt 2008/2009 


GPS reference station
Setup of GPS reference station on ice (field camp U9).

What was the purpose of CryoVExAnt 2008 and 2009?

The key objective of the CryoSat Validation Experiment Antarctica (CryoVExAnt) 2008 and 2009 campaign was a better approximation of the error range of the elevation obtained from SAR-processed altimetric radar returns and its sensitivity to surface roughness. Therefore, a combination of airborne SAR and precise kinematic GPS measurements in blue ice was chosen to be the best opportunity to fulfill the scientific objectives. Furthermore, a specific setup of the survey, to measure a narrow grid, was chosen for the first time in the CryoVEx history.

What was the outcome of CryoVExAnt 2008 and 2009?

In general, the airborne and ground activities were very successful. All planned survey lines, including the survey grid, were measured and some additional data was collected (e.g. flight lines at Potsdam glacier as well as some lines over ice shelf and the accumulation area close to the German overwintering station Neumayer).

Download the CryoVExAnt 2008 and 2009 Final Report

Campaign Summary
Data Coverage (Years)2008-2009
Geographic SiteAntarctic
Field of ApplicationRadar and kinematic GNSS surface height

Digital Object Identifier: - CryoVExAnt 2008 and 2009: "CryoVEx 08/09 - Antarctica Data Acquisition and Final Processing Report"


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