Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 9, 255–268, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-255-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 255–268, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-255-2015
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 et al.

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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.