Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 14, 751–767, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-751-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 751–767, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-751-2020

Research article 02 Mar 2020

Research article | 02 Mar 2020

Variability scaling and consistency in airborne and satellite altimetry measurements of Arctic sea ice

Shiming Xu et al.

Data sets

Ice- Bridge L4 Sea Ice Freeboard, Snow Depth, and Thickness, Ver- sion 1 N. Kurtz, M. Studinger, J. Harbeck, V. Onana, D. and Yi https://doi.org/10.5067/G519SHCKWQV6

Arctic Sea Ice Freeboard 40 and Thickness, Version 1. D. Yi and H. J. Zwally https://doi.org/10.5067/SXJVJ3A2XIZT

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Sea ice thickness parameters are key to polar climate change studies and forecasts. Airborne and satellite measurements provide complementary observational capabilities. The study analyzes the variability in freeboard and snow depth measurements and its changes with scale in Operation IceBridge, CryoVEx, CryoSat-2 and ICESat. Consistency between airborne and satellite data is checked. Analysis calls for process-oriented attribution of variability and covariability features of these parameters.