Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 14, 1289–1310, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1289-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 1289–1310, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1289-2020

Research article 21 Apr 2020

Research article | 21 Apr 2020

Accuracy and inter-analyst agreement of visually estimated sea ice concentrations in Canadian Ice Service ice charts using single-polarization RADARSAT-2

Angela Cheng et al.

Data sets

Iteractive Rain Cell Tracking Code C. Moseley and J. O. Haerter https://github.com/christophermoseley/iterative_raincell_tracking

Postprocessing and plotting scripts for results reproduction C. Moseley and I. Pscheidt http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-8662-6

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Short summary
Sea ice charts by the Canadian Ice Service (CIS) contain visually estimated ice concentration produced by analysts. The accuracy of manually derived ice concentrations is not well understood. The subsequent uncertainty of ice charts results in downstream uncertainties for ice charts users, such as models and climatology studies, and when used as a verification source for automated sea ice classifiers. This study quantifies the level of accuracy and inter-analyst agreement for ice charts by CIS.