Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Research article
01 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2016

Improved retrieval of land ice topography from CryoSat-2 data and its impact for volume-change estimation of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Johan Nilsson, Alex Gardner, Louise Sandberg Sørensen, and Rene Forsberg

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In this study we present a new processing methodology for retrieving surface elevations and elevation changes over glaciated terrain from CryoSat-2 data. The new methodology has been shown to be less sensitive to changes in near-surface dielectric properties and provides improved elevation and elevation change retrievals. This methodology has been applied to the Greenland Ice Sheet to provide an updated volume change estimate for the period of 2011 to 2015.