SMOS - Brightness Temperature

A very promising data set targeting daily sea ice thickness. Especially during Winter freeze-up thickness retrieval up to 0.5m appears possible. Once the science is settled and ice temperature, salinity, snow load, etc. fit into the equation every ice breaker's navigator will welcome this product.

The images below map only values between 105°K and 260°K, missing values are transparent. Files (netCDF) and further info are available at icdc.zmaw.de/l3b_smos_tb.html.

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Sea Ice Volume, S1E3, Monthly PIOMAS Thickness Maps 2012

This time the Sea Ice Volume Series offers an interactive feature to explore sea ice reduction in 2012. Just hover your mouse over the months below to load the indicated map.

PIOMAS shows significant reduction in thickest ice category North of Greenland and the Archipelago in December. An overall thinning compared to December 2011 is also observable, but less surprising, because that's the trend.

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