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CryoSat conquers ice on Arctic lakes

05 August 2019

The rapidly changing climate in the Arctic is not only linked to melting glaciers and declining sea ice, but also to thinning ice on lakes. The presence of lake ice can be easily monitored by imaging sensors and standard satellite observations, but now adding to its list of achievements, CryoSat can be used to measure the thickness of lake ice – another indicator of climate change.

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Expanding our knowledge of Arctic Ocean bathymetry

24 July 2019

Our knowledge of the depth and shape of the Arctic Ocean floor – its bathymetry – is insufficient. Owing to year-round sea-ice coverage and the cost of research in this remote region, much of the Arctic Ocean's bathymetry has remained a mystery, until now.

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Modelling tides in the Arctic Ocean

11 July 2019

We are all aware of the ebb and flow of the tide every day, but understanding tidal flow is important for a range of maritime activities and environmental monitoring, such as search and rescue operations, shipping routes and coastal erosion.

CryoSat abstracts for Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting - deadline 21 June

20 June 2019

CryoSat experts and scientific users are encouraged to submit abstracts for the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting (OSTST, Chicago, 21-25 October 2019). The extended abstract submission closes on Friday, 21 June.

CryoSat Baseline D Product Handbook

This document provides a concise overview of the CryoSat level-2 ice and ocean products. This revision of the document has been released to accompany the delivery of Baseline-D CryoSat products.

CryoSat Ice Baseline-D data products now available

31 May 2019

We are glad to inform CryoSat data users that the new Ice Baseline D processors are operational and associated products are now available on the Science Server.

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A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

16 May 2019

By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.

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Antarctica detailed in 3D

14 May 2019

Unfortunately ice is a hot topic when it comes to understanding and monitoring how this fragile component of the Earth system is being affected by climate change. Scientists, therefore, go to great lengths to study changes happening in the remote icy reaches of our planet – a subject that is being discussed in detail at this week's Living Planet Symposium in Italy.

CryoSat Ice Baseline-D data sample and updated documentation available

25 April 2019

Following the successful CryoSat Quality Working Group Meeting held from 26 to 28 November 2018, the upcoming CryoSat Ice Baseline-D data products have been further refined.

The Baseline-D ice chain will be transferred to operation on 27 May 2019 and will include several evolutions as well as a new data format (NetCDF).

CryoSat Ocean Baseline C reprocessed data from 2011 available

16 April 2019

We are glad to inform the CryoSat scientific community that the reprocessed CryoSat Ocean Baseline C data for all of 2011 has been published on the Science Server and is available for download.