The aim of SITHOS is to develop new observation techniques for sea ice thickness and related parameters which are important for climate monitoring as well as offshore operations in polar regions. SITHOS will investigate both space techniques using radar altimeter data and non-space techniques using fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and drifting ice stations. The techniques include:
1) electromagnetic induction combined with laser;
2) ice thickness via wave spectra from automatic ice stations;
3) AVV and submarines equipped with upward looking sonar; and
4) airborne laser combined with GPS to measure ice freeboard and topography. All techniques will be tested and validated during several winter and summer experiments. The non-space data will be important validation data for CRYOSAT, an ESA satellite scheduled for launch in 2004 with global ice thickness measurement as a main objective.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
PA37 1QA Oban
WC1H 0AH London