Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Research article
31 Aug 2023
Research article |  | 31 Aug 2023

Observing the evolution of summer melt on multiyear sea ice with ICESat-2 and Sentinel-2

Ellen M. Buckley, Sinéad L. Farrell, Ute C. Herzfeld, Melinda A. Webster, Thomas Trantow, Oliwia N. Baney, Kyle A. Duncan, Huilin Han, and Matthew Lawson


Interactive discussion

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Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (24 May 2023) by Stephen Howell
AR by Ellen Buckley on behalf of the Authors (24 May 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 May 2023) by Stephen Howell
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (05 Jun 2023)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (21 Jul 2023)
ED: Publish as is (21 Jul 2023) by Stephen Howell
AR by Ellen Buckley on behalf of the Authors (25 Jul 2023)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
In this study, we use satellite observations to investigate the evolution of melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice surface. We derive melt pond depth from ICESat-2 measurements of the pond surface and bathymetry and melt pond fraction (MPF) from the classification of Sentinel-2 imagery. MPF increases to a peak of 16 % in late June and then decreases, while depth increases steadily. This work demonstrates the ability to track evolving melt conditions in three dimensions throughout the summer.