Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4527–4537, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4527-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4527–4537, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4527-2021

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 et al.

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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.