Surface-based Ku- and Ka-band polarimetric radar for sea ice studies Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. To improve our understanding of how snow properties influence sea; ice thickness retrievals from presently operational and upcoming satellite; radar altimeter missions, as well as to investigate the potential for; combining dual frequencies to simultaneously map snow depth and sea ice; thickness, a new, surface-based, fully polarimetric Ku- and Ka-band radar; (KuKa radar) was built and deployed during the 2019–2020 year-long MOSAiC; international Arctic drift expedition. This instrument, built to operate; both as an altimeter (stare mode) and as a scatterometer (scan mode),; provided the first in situ Ku- and Ka-band dual-frequency radar observations from; autumn freeze-up through midwinter and covering newly formed ice in leads and; first-year and second-year ice floes. Data gathered in the altimeter mode; will be used to investigate the potential for estimating snow depth as the; difference between dominant radar scattering horizons in the Ka- and Ku-band; data. In the scatterometer mode, the Ku- and Ka-band radars operated under a; wide range of azimuth and incidence angles, continuously assessing; changes in the polarimetric radar backscatter and derived polarimetric; parameters, as snow properties varied under varying atmospheric conditions.; These observations allow for characterizing radar backscatter responses to; changes in atmospheric and surface geophysical conditions. In this paper, we; describe the KuKa radar, illustrate examples of its data and; demonstrate their potential for these investigations.;

publication date

  • December 4, 2020

Date in CU Experts

  • June 15, 2021 8:23 AM

Full Author List

  • Stroeve J; Nandan V; Willatt R; Tonboe R; Hendricks S; Ricker R; Mead J; Mallett R; Huntemann M; Itkin P

author count

  • 17

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1994-0424

Additional Document Info

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  • 4405

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  • 4426


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