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Assessment of a sea ice demonstration project to supply near real time sea ice information to end users

Blackford, C; Howes, S; Whitelaw, AS; Laxon, S; Mantripp, D; (1994) Assessment of a sea ice demonstration project to supply near real time sea ice information to end users. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , 2319 145 - 154.

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Abstract

Sea ice maps are required by a diverse range of users for scientific research and operational activities. Satellite remote sensing provides opportunities for monitoring and producing sea ice maps at a range of scales, in near real time. During March 1994 ESYS Limited and the University College London Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) operated a sea ice demonstration project to supply near real time sea ice maps in the southern ocean. The sea ice information was derived from a number of data sources: DMSP SSM/I data; ERS-1 SAR and Radar Altimeter fast delivery data; NOAA AVHRR data; and PoSAT-1 imagery. The maps were supplied to three users, two involved in yacht races in the southern ocean and a ship on an oceanographic research cruise in the waters of the Princess Elizabeth Trough region of Antarctica. The demonstration was successful, supplying the users with sea ice information which they had previously not received and combining data from various sources to produce sea ice maps. The demonstration also developed operational skills within ESYS and enabled the transfer of knowledge from MSSL to ESYS.

Type:Article
Title:Assessment of a sea ice demonstration project to supply near real time sea ice information to end users
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences

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