SMOS research products for the Cryosphere in Antarctica

Category : L3, L4

The aim of the CryoSMOS project, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and led by IFAC (Florence, Italy), is to evaluate the ability of SMOS observations to retrieve glaciological parameters or to monitor climatic processes in Antarctica. The study focused on some broad areas of the continent having specific physical characteristics: the Antarctic Plateau, the ice-shelves and the coastal region. Four SMOS derived research products have been developed:

1) Estimation of the internal ice-sheet temperature

Contact : Giovanni Macelloni, g.macelloni@ifac.cnr.it – IFAC, Florence, Italy

2) Estimation of ice thickness

Contact : Niels Skou, ns@space.dtu.dk,DTU, ns@space.dtu.dk – Technical University of Denmark – Denmark

3) Indicator of the origin of ice-shelves variability;

Contact : Lars Kaleschke, lars.kaleschke@uni-hamburg.de, UHAM – University of Hamburg, Germany

4) Surface melting occurrence

Contact : Ghislain Picard, ghislain.picard@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr,IGE – Institut des Geosciences de l’Environnement – Grenoble, France

The data are available from the CATDS and can be found here (free)

Information regarding these products can be found here

More information is available there

Two examples are shown in the figures below. The top most represents the temperature of the ice packs at a depth of 500m. The lower one gives the number of days of melt in 2010/2011.

Tice@-500m in SM_TEST_MIR_ITUDP4_20100101T0000

fig_melt_nbdays_smos_2010-2011

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