Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Research article
03 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 03 Mar 2023

A sensor-agnostic albedo retrieval method for realistic sea ice surfaces: model and validation

Yingzhen Zhou, Wei Li, Nan Chen, Yongzhen Fan, and Knut Stamnes

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We present a method to compute albedo (percentage of the light reflected) of the cryosphere surface using observations from optical satellite sensors. This method can be applied to sea ice, snow-covered ice, melt pond, open ocean, and mixtures thereof. Evaluation of the albedo values calculated using this approach demonstrated excellent agreement with observations. In addition, we have included a statistical comparison of the proposed method's results with those derived from other approaches.