Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
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, Lu Zhou, and Bin Wang

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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.