The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces an open webinar entitled
"Observations of Arctic Snow and Sea Ice Thickness from Satellite and
Airborne Surveys" presented by Nathan Kurtz of NASA's Cryospheric
Sciences Lab at Goddard. This one-hour webinar is scheduled for 10:00
a.m. AKDT (11:00 a.m. PDT, 12:00 p.m. MDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT, and 2:00 EDT)
on Tuesday, 5 May 2015.
This webinar is designed for the sea ice research community and others
interested in learning about the current state and availability of snow
and sea ice thickness data. While this is an open event, attendees
should be aware that the discussions will be largely of a technical
The decline of Arctic sea ice thickness has been well documented using
multi-decadal surveys from submarine sonar data, however such data are
limited in temporal and spatial coverage. Recent technological advances
in radar and laser altimetry are now providing a means to determine the
thickness of sea ice and its snow cover over much broader scales opening
new avenues for improving seasonal sea ice predictions and enabling
studies of long-term climatological change.
This talk will focus on the current state and availability of snow and
sea ice thickness data from two operational data sets: NASA's Operation
IceBridge airborne surveys and the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2
satellite mission. The accuracy and limitations of the data sets will
also be discussed to place the utility of the data in context for use in
a variety of study areas.
More details including registration instructions will be announced
closer to the event. The webinar will be archived and available online
after the event.