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Research article
12 Jan 2023
Research article |  | 12 Jan 2023

First results of Antarctic sea ice type retrieval from active and passive microwave remote sensing data

Christian Melsheimer, Gunnar Spreen, Yufang Ye, and Mohammed Shokr

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Short summary
It is necessary to know the type of Antarctic sea ice present – first-year ice (grown in one season) or multiyear ice (survived one summer melt) – to understand and model its evolution, as the ice types behave and react differently. We have adapted and extended an existing method (originally for the Arctic), and now, for the first time, daily maps of Antarctic sea ice types can be derived from microwave satellite data. This will allow a new data set from 2002 well into the future to be built.