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Sea ice thickness observation system

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER
Address
3A,edvard Griegsvej 3A
5059 Bergen
Norway

Participants (5)

ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Columbusstrasse
27568 Bremerhaven
CHRISTIAN MICHELSEN RESEARCH AS
Norway
Address
38,Fantoftveien 38
5892 Bergen
NATIONAL SURVEY AND CADASTRE
Denmark
Address
Rentemestervej 8
2400 Koepenhagen
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Dunbeg
PA37 1QA Oban
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gordon Street 17
WC1H 0AH London