Comparison of high resolution ENVISAT global monitoring sea ice data to low resolution SSM/I sea ice concentrations in the Ross Sea
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Sea ice extent around Antarctica has increased slightly over the past few decades. Sea ice is an important component of the global climate system, it releases heat when it forms and takes in heat when it melts which affects ocean circulation, and it also reflects solar radiation reducing warming on the ocean surface. This project outlines an initial use of ENVISATs Antarctic data on sea ice, it looks at Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the Ross Sea in late May 2011. The high resolution images portray features in details and this report interprets the details within the image to gain information on sea ice during this period. Low resolution SSM/I sea ice concentration images were compared to the high resolution images which enabled a deeper insight into sea ice within the Ross Sea.