Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Research article
22 Jan 2020
Research article |  | 22 Jan 2020

Broadband albedo of Arctic sea ice from MERIS optical data

Christine Pohl, Larysa Istomina, Steffen Tietsche, Evelyn Jäkel, Johannes Stapf, Gunnar Spreen, and Georg Heygster

Data sets

Melt ponds and albedo data L. Istomina and C. Pohl

Sea Ice Melt Pond Data C. Polashenski

Aircraft measurements of up- and downward irradiances over Arctic sea ice during the ACLOUD campaign E. Jäkel, A. Ehrlich, M. Schäfer, and M. Wendisch

Aircraft measurements of broadband irradiance during the ACLOUD campaign in 2017 J. Stapf, A. Ehrlich, E. Jäkel, and M. Wendisch

ERA5: Fifth generation of ECMWF atmospheric reanalyses of the global climate Copernicus Climate Change Service!/home

Short summary
A spectral to broadband conversion is developed empirically that can be used in combination with the Melt Pond Detector algorithm to derive broadband albedo (300–3000 nm) of Arctic sea ice from MERIS data. It is validated and shows better performance compared to existing conversion methods. A comparison of MERIS broadband albedo with respective values from ERA5 reanalysis suggests a revision of the albedo values used in ERA5. MERIS albedo might be useful for improving albedo representation.