Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
14 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 14 Mar 2018

Arctic sea ice signatures: L-band brightness temperature sensitivity comparison using two radiation transfer models

Friedrich Richter, Matthias Drusch, Lars Kaleschke, Nina Maaß, Xiangshan Tian-Kunze, and Susanne Mecklenburg


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AR by Friedrich Richter on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Jun 2017) by Julienne Stroeve
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (04 Jul 2017) by Julienne Stroeve
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (11 Sep 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (24 Sep 2017) by Julienne Stroeve
AR by Lars Kaleschke on behalf of the Authors (02 Feb 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (03 Feb 2018) by Julienne Stroeve
Short summary
L-band (1.4 GHz) brightness temperatures from ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity SMOS mission have been used to derive thin sea ice thickness. However, the brightness temperature measurements can potentially be assimilated directly in forecasting systems reducing the data latency and providing a more consistent first guess. We studied the forward (observation) operator that translates geophysical sea ice parameters from the ECMWF Ocean ReAnalysis Pilot 5 (ORAP5) into brightness temperatures.