Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 569–584, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-569-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 569–584, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-569-2016

Research article 11 Mar 2016

Research article | 11 Mar 2016

Monitoring ice break-up on the Mackenzie River using MODIS data

P. Muhammad et al.

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This study involves the analysis of MODIS Level 3500 m snow products, complemented with 250 m Level 1B data, to monitor ice cover during the break-up period on the Mackenzie River, Canada. Results from the analysis of data for 13 ice seasons (2001–2013) show that ice-off begins between days of year (DOYs) 115 and 125 and ends between DOYs 145 and 155, resulting in average melt durations of about 30–40 days; we conclude that MODIS can monitor ice break-up.