Fabrice Collard, ODL
The project will develop satellite observation methods for waves in ice and other ice properties in the MIZ such as ice concentration, ice types, ice thickness, ice drift and ice edge configuration. Existing and new satellite observing systems, especially SAR, optical and altimeter data, will be utilized for retrieval of waves and ice properties in the MIZ. The project will be exploited operationally using data from future GMES satellites such as Sentinel-1.
Figure. The marginal ice zone as seen in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) from the ENVISAT satellite (left) and from a ship (right, GFD License 1.2). Many types of sea ice coexist in the MIZ, from frazil crystals agglomerated in small thin cakes to floes formed of consolidated ice.