Accession Number : ADA195560

Title :   MIZEX (Marginal Ice Zone Experiment) 1987 SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Data Summary.

Descriptive Note : Informal information rept.,

Corporate Author : ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INST OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR RADAR SCIENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : Shuchman, R A ; Sutherland, L L ; Burns, B A

PDF Url : ADA195560

Report Date : Feb 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 137

Abstract : The 1987 Winter MIZEX in the Greenland and Barents Seas, combined observation systems from both remote sensing and in-situ data collection to provide an integrated approach to the study of winter marginal ice zone conditions. Favorable weather permitted 18 consecutive days of SAR coverage and field operations with real-time imagery downlinked to the ships in the field. Two INTERA SAR equipped aircrafts were deployed to collect ice edge imagery. Throughout the experiment, real-time data was reviewed by scientists at Svalbard and on board the M/V POLAR CIRCLE. Observations made from this imagery enabled them to select areas of special interest for intensive study and sea truthing, and to plan successive SAR missions. Preliminary analysis indicates SAR imagery: 1) permits differentiation between first year ice, multi-year ice, and many stages of young ice; 2) can be used to detect surface expressions of eddies both in the open ocean and within the ice pack; 3) permits the tracking of ocean waves both outside and propagating approximately 100 km into the ice pack; 4) shows internal wave features beneath the ice pack; and 5) mapped an ocean polar front in the Barents Sea. (edc)

Descriptors :   *SEA ICE, BARENTS SEA, DATA ACQUISITION, FRONTS(OCEANOGRAPHY), GREENLAND SEA, ICE, IMAGES, INTERNAL WAVES, OBSERVATION, OCEAN WAVES, OCEANS, OPEN WATER, PACK ICE, POLAR REGIONS, RADAR, REAL TIME, REMOTE DETECTORS, TRACKING, WEATHER, WINTER, RADAR IMAGES, EDDIES(FLUID MECHANICS)

Subject Categories : Snow, Ice and Permafrost
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

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