Detection of Melt Ponds on Arctic Sea Ice with Optical Satellite Data

  • Anja Rösel

Part of the Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs book series (HAMBURG, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Anja Rösel
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  3. Anja Rösel
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  4. Anja Rösel
    Pages 17-25
  5. Anja Rösel
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  6. Anja Rösel
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 95-106

About this book


The Arctic sea ice is characterized by profound changes caused by surface melting processes and the formation of melt ponds in summer. Melt ponds contribute to the ice-albedo feedback as they reduce the surface albedo of sea ice, and hence accelerate the decay of Arctic sea ice. To quantify the melting of the entire Arctic sea ice, satellite based observations are necessary. Due to different spectral properties of snow, ice, and water, theoretically, multi-spectral optical sensors are necessary for the analysis of these distinct surface types. This study demonstrates the potential of optical sensors to detect melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. For the first time, an Arctic-wide, multi-annual melt pond data set for the years 2000-2011 has been created and analyzed.


Arctic Ice-albedo Feedback Melt Ponds Remote Sensing Sea Ice

Authors and affiliations

  • Anja Rösel
    • 1
  1. 1., Institute of OceanographyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-37032-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-37033-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-2462
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-9587
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