Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Research article
15 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 15 Oct 2015

Lead detection in Arctic sea ice from CryoSat-2: quality assessment, lead area fraction and width distribution

A. Wernecke and L. Kaleschke


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AR by Andreas Wernecke on behalf of the Authors (29 May 2015)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Jun 2015) by Christian Haas
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (02 Jul 2015)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (15 Jul 2015) by Christian Haas
AR by Andreas Wernecke on behalf of the Authors (17 Sep 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Sep 2015) by Christian Haas
Short summary
Leads in Arctic sea ice have a dominant effect on the exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere. Visual MODIS scenes are used to validate and improve the detection of leads from altimeter measurements of the satellite CryoSat-2. The rarely used maximum power of the returning signal shows the best classification properties. Lead area fraction and width distribution estimates based on CryoSat-2 complement other studies and deepen our understanding of lead characteristics.