Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 11, 755–771, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-755-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 755–771, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-755-2017

Research article 23 Mar 2017

Research article | 23 Mar 2017

Signature of Arctic first-year ice melt pond fraction in X-band SAR imagery

Ane S. Fors et al.

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This paper investigates the signature of melt ponds in satellite-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. A comparison between helicopter-borne images of drifting first-year ice and polarimetric X-band SAR images shows relations between observed melt pond fraction and several polarimetric SAR features. Melt ponds strongly influence the Arctic sea ice energy budget, and the results imply prospective opportunities for expanded monitoring of melt ponds from space.