Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
Research article
28 Sep 2021
Research article |  | 28 Sep 2021

A lead-width distribution for Antarctic sea ice: a case study for the Weddell Sea with high-resolution Sentinel-2 images

Marek Muchow, Amelie U. Schmitt, and Lars Kaleschke


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (29 Apr 2021) by Yevgeny Aksenov
AR by Marek Muchow on behalf of the Authors (22 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (20 Jul 2021)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Aug 2021) by Yevgeny Aksenov
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Aug 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Aug 2021) by Yevgeny Aksenov
AR by Marek Muchow on behalf of the Authors (27 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Linear-like openings in sea ice, also called leads, occur with widths from meters to kilometers. We use satellite images from Sentinel-2 with a resolution of 10 m to identify leads and measure their widths. With that we investigate the frequency of lead widths using two different statistical methods, since other studies have shown a dependency of heat exchange on the lead width. We are the first to address the sea-ice lead-width distribution in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica.