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Research article
09 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 09 Feb 2015

Regional melt-pond fraction and albedo of thin Arctic first-year drift ice in late summer

D. V. Divine, M. A. Granskog, S. R. Hudson, C. A. Pedersen, T. I. Karlsen, S. A. Divina, A. H. H. Renner, and S. Gerland


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Regional melt pond coverage and albedo of thin (70-90cm) first year Arctic sea ice in advanced stage of melt was estimated from a combination of low-altitude imagery and in situ measurements north of Svalbard in summer 2012. The study revealed a homogeneous melt across the study area with a typical pond fraction of 0.29 and sea-ice albedo of 0.44. A decrease in pond fraction was, however, observed in the 30km marginal ice zone, occurring in parallel with an increase in open-water coverage.