Airborne measurements of arctic Sea Ice, glacier and snow emissivity at 24-183 GHz

Tim J. Hewison, Nathalie Selbach, Georg Heygster, Jon P. Taylor, Andrew J. McGrath

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Abstract

Microwave radiometers were operated on a research aircraft during low-level flights in the Arctic in March 2001. Data from these instruments are used to calculate surface emissivity at millimetre wavelengths. This calculation includes the retrieval of an effective temperature from multiple channels centred at 183 GHz. Emissivity spectra will be presented for a range of surface types, including open water, new ice (nilas), first year, multi-year, and glacial ice. These show that the emissivity of older ice types is lower at 24 GHz, decreases further at higher frequencies, but usually starts to increase by 157 or 183 GHz. These results will help exploit data from satellite instruments, such as AMSU, in the Arctic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages2851-2855
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event2002 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2002) - Toronto, Ont., Canada
Duration: 24 Jun 200228 Jun 2002

Conference

Conference2002 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2002)
CountryCanada
CityToronto, Ont.
Period24/06/0228/06/02

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