Artic summer and antarctic winter as seen by SMOS … and a quizz

Category : Data, L2, Ocean

This post was prepared by
Ewa Slominska
from
Space Research Center PAS
18 A, Bartycka
00-716 Warsaw, Poland

During their work with SMOS data, Ewa Slominska has produced the following animations of the temporal/seasonal changes in global distribution of Brightness Temperatures over the poles.

It was made using SMOS browse products (merging land and sea) interms of 1/2 Stokes 1 (i;.e, (TBh+TBV)/2) over 7 day periods.

Results obtained look very nice. On one hand we see expanding ice  around the Antarctica, and ice melting areas (like the Hudson Bay or the Buffin Bay) around The North Pole on the other hand all this during the May to August 2011 period. Only worry .. the RFI!

ascStokes1NorthMay-Aug_75

(Click on the picture to enlarge and to better visualise the animation)

Now the quizz… !
what could be the tiny light blue point, which floats at the longitudes
of the Ross Sea, towards the East, close to the ice-sea ridge?

ascStokes1SouthMay-Aug

Answer …..in a few days … Ewa has found the cause! what is your guess?

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