Taking the dazzle out of CryoSat yields a first

A paper published in Nature describes a new approach for removing the pesky problem of dazzle from surface meltwater to yield the first ever continuous, year-round, altimetry measurements of sea-ice thickness in the Arctic Ocean.

Artificial intelligence techniques have been applied to CryoSat data in the Arctic to distinguish, during the summer period, the melting sea-ice floes from the ocean surface between floes, in order to ensure that CryoSat was measuring the thickness of the sea ice correctly.

The work is an outcome of the Living Planet Fellowship of Jack Landy.

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