Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Research article
25 May 2018
Research article |  | 25 May 2018

Seasonal variations of the backscattering coefficient measured by radar altimeters over the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Fifi Ibrahime Adodo, Frédérique Remy, and Ghislain Picard


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Apr 2018) by Robert Arthern
Short summary
In Antarctica, the seasonal cycle of the backscatter behaves differently at high and low frequencies, peaking in winter and in summer, respectively. At the intermediate frequency, some areas behave analogously to low frequency in terms of the seasonal cycle, but other areas behave analogously to high frequency. This calls into question the empirical relationships often used to correct elevation changes from radar penetration into the snowpack using backscatter.