Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 3761–3783, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3761-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 3761–3783, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3761-2020

Research article 06 Nov 2020

Research article | 06 Nov 2020

Simultaneous estimation of wintertime sea ice thickness and snow depth from space-borne freeboard measurements

Hoyeon Shi et al.

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To estimate sea ice thickness from satellite freeboard measurements, snow depth information has been required; however, the snow depth estimate has been considered largely uncertain. We propose a new method to estimate sea ice thickness and snow depth simultaneously from freeboards by imposing a thermodynamic constraint. Obtained ice thicknesses and snow depths were consistent with airborne measurements, suggesting that uncertainty of ice thickness caused by uncertain snow depth can be reduced.