Articles | Volume 14, issue 12
Research article
21 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2020

Spring melt pond fraction in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago predicted from RADARSAT-2

Stephen E. L. Howell, Randall K. Scharien, Jack Landy, and Mike Brady


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ED: Publish as is (13 Nov 2020) by Ludovic Brucker
Short summary
Melt ponds form on the surface of Arctic sea ice during spring and have been shown to exert a strong influence on summer sea ice area. Here, we use RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to estimate the predicted peak spring melt pond fraction in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago from 2009–2018. Our results show that RADARSAT-2 estimates of peak melt pond fraction can be used to provide predictive information about summer sea ice area within certain regions of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.