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KlimaCampus presents new SMOS Data


More than 50 representatives of the most important European ice and weather services as well as climate research institutions met at the KlimaCampus on Friday in order to exchange views about new SMOS data. SMOS (Soil Moisture & Ocean Salinity) is a remote sensing satellite sent into space by the European Space Agency ESA in November 2009.

Just in time for the workshop, a consortium headed by Prof. Lars Kaleschke of the KlimaCampus and composed of the universities of Hamburg and Bremen, the Alfred Wegener Institute of Bremerhaven, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute presented a new method for ascertaining sea ice thickness with the aid of SMOS data."In addition to using the new data regarding sea ice thickness in climate research they are also very useful for improving weather forecasts“, Mr. Kaleschke explained, because the thickness of ice influences considerably the heat exchange between ocean and atmosphere. It also seems to be relevant to the weather in Northern Europe. The results will be published shortly in the professional journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Kaleschke, L., X. Tian-Kunze, N. Maaß, M. Mäkynen, and M. Drusch (2012), Sea ice thickness retrieval from SMOS brightness temperatures during the Arctic freeze-up period, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2012GL050916, in press.