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Sea ice thickness observation system

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00146

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 039 321

  • EU contribution

    € 1 948 350

Coordinated by:

NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER

Norway

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.

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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

CHRISTIAN MICHELSEN RESEARCH AS

Norway

NATIONAL SURVEY AND CADASTRE

Denmark

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00146

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 039 321

  • EU contribution

    € 1 948 350

Coordinated by:

NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER

Norway