Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 993–1012, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 993–1012, 2018

Research article 22 Mar 2018

Research article | 22 Mar 2018

On the retrieval of sea ice thickness and snow depth using concurrent laser altimetry and L-band remote sensing data

Lu Zhou et al.

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Short summary
This work proposes a new data synergy method for the retrieval of sea ice thickness and snow depth by using colocating L-band passive remote sensing and active laser altimetry. Physical models are adopted for the retrieval, including L-band radiation model and buoyancy relationship. Covariability of snow depth and total freeboard is further utilized to mitigate resolution differences and improve retrievability. The method can be applied to future campaigns including ICESat-2 and WCOM.