The sea ice in the arctic and antarctic regions of the earth is an especially sensitive indicator of the earth’s climate, and in particular, the current overall atmospheric temperature of the planet. It was recently reported to have reached a new low. Our guest, NASA’s Walt Meier explains why this is the case and which processes govern the increase or decrease of the ice. We then discuss how the ice mass is measured based on satellite and how its thickness is estimated based mostly on in-situ measurements. We cover climate modeling and its connection to sea ice and conclude with an outlook on future research.
Overview of Ice Observation History
Forcing Mechanisms for Sea Ice Change
Sensing and Data Collection
Passive Microwave Sensing | Active | Submarine Sonar | Radio Altimeter | Ice cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat & ICESat-2) | Cryosat | Cryosat-2 | Capillary Wave | Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) | Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) | Public Data Sets
Expected Areas and Focus of Research