Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
17 May 2023
Research article |  | 17 May 2023

Spatial characteristics of frazil streaks in the Terra Nova Bay Polynya from high-resolution visible satellite imagery

Katarzyna Bradtke and Agnieszka Herman

Data sets

Advanced Land Imager (ALI) Level 1G (L1G) Product Output Files Data Format Control Book (DFCB), EO1-DFCB-0001, Version 4.0 USGS

Landsat 8-9 Operational Land Imager (OLI) - Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Collection 2 Level 1 (L1) Data Format Control Book, LSDS-1822, Version 6.0 USGS

MSI Level-1C TOA Reflectance Product. Collection 0 Copernicus Sentinel-2 (processed by ESA)

Short summary
The frazil streaks are one of the visible signs of complex interactions between the mixed-layer dynamics and the forming sea ice. Using high-resolution visible satellite imagery we characterize their spatial properties, relationship with the meteorological forcing, and role in modifying wind-wave growth in the Terra Nova Bay Polynya. We provide a simple statistical tool for estimating the extent and ice coverage of the region of high ice production under given wind speed and air temperature.