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On Producing Sea Ice Deformation Dataset from Sar-derived Sea Ice Motion : Volume 8, Issue 5 (10/10/2014)

By Bouillon, S.

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Title: On Producing Sea Ice Deformation Dataset from Sar-derived Sea Ice Motion : Volume 8, Issue 5 (10/10/2014)  
Author: Bouillon, S.
Volume: Vol. 8, Issue 5
Language: English
Subject: Science, Cryosphere, Discussions
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Bouillon, S., & Rampal, P. (2014). On Producing Sea Ice Deformation Dataset from Sar-derived Sea Ice Motion : Volume 8, Issue 5 (10/10/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway. We propose a method to compute nearly noise-free sea ice deformation fields from SAR-derived motion and present the results of its application to RGPS sea ice trajectories. The method is based on two steps. The first step consists of using a triangulation of the positions taken from the sea ice trajectories to define a mesh on which a first estimate of sea ice deformation is computed. The second step consists of applying a specific smoother to the deformation field to reduce the artificial noise that arises along discontinuities in the sea ice motion field. From the comparison between unfiltered and filtered fields, we estimate that the artificial noise causes an overestimation of about 60% of opening and closing. The artificial noise also has a strong impact on the statistical distribution of the deformation and on the scaling exponents estimated with multi-fractal analysis. These findings may have serious implications for previous studies as the constant overestimation of the opening and closing could lead to a large overestimation of freezing in leads, salt rejection and sea ice ridging.

On producing sea ice deformation dataset from SAR-derived sea ice motion

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