Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
Research article
09 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 09 Nov 2015

Long-term coastal-polynya dynamics in the southern Weddell Sea from MODIS thermal-infrared imagery

S. Paul, S. Willmes, and G. Heinemann


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Short summary
We established a 13-year-long MODIS-derived thin-ice thickness data set from which we derived information about polynya dynamics in the southern Weddell Sea. In contrast to other studies, we do not focus on a single region but instead discuss polynya dynamics for the complete coastal area. The higher spatial resolution of MODIS compared to passive-microwave sensors enables us to resolve even very narrow coastal polynyas that would remain otherwise undetected.