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ICESat: Sea Ice Thickness and Freeboard Products
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Gridded sea ice thickness data from 10 ICESat campaigns are available here. The estimate at each grid point is the average thickness of all observations within that grid cell over the duration of each campaign.

The table below shows the laser and campaign designations, their exact dates, and the duration of each campaign. Data products are created from data release 531: the latest and best releases available in terms of the quality of precision orbit and attitude determination at the time of this analysis. These 10 campaigns span a period of 5 years between 2003 and 2008. The thickness fields are shown on the right side of this page. The data sets use the following campaign designations: ON03, FM04, ON04, FM05, ON05, FM06, ON06, MA07, ON07, and FM08.

UPDATE: As of 11/18/10, new thickness files include line entries with: no ice (-1.0) and land (9999.0).

ClickDownload (1.3MB) to retrieve a single file that contains the 10 ice thickness fields and an IDL routine to read the data.

 

Laser

Campaign (mmyy)

Period

Days of Operation

2a

ON03

Sep 24 – Nov18

55

2b

FM04

Feb 17 - Mar 21

34

3a

ON04

Oct 03 – Nov 08

37

3b

FM05

Feb 17 – Mar 24

36

3d

ON05

Oct 21 – Nov 24

35

3e

FM06

Feb 22 – Mar 27

34

3g

ON06

Oct 25 – Nov 27

34

3h

MA07

Mar 12 – Apr 14

34

3i

ON07

Oct 02 – Nov 05

37

3j

FM08

Feb 17 – Mar 21

34

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References:

Kwok, R., G. F. Cunningham, M. Wensnahan, I. Rigor, H. J. Zwally, and D. Yi (2009), Thinning and volume loss of the Arctic Ocean sea ice cover: 2003-2008, J. Geophys. Res., 114, C07005, doi:10.1029/2009JC005312.

Kwok, R., and G. F. Cunningham (2008), ICESat over Arctic sea ice: Estimation of snow depth and ice thickness, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C08010, doi:10.1029/2008JC004753.

Kwok, R., G. F. Cunningham, H. J. Zwally, and D. Yi (2007), Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) over Arctic sea ice: Retrieval of freeboard, J. Geophys. Res., 112, C12013, doi:10.1029/2006JC003978.


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