Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 8, 473–483, 2012

Special issue: The MyOcean project: scientific advances for operational ocean...

Ocean Sci., 8, 473–483, 2012

Research article 16 Jul 2012

Research article | 16 Jul 2012

Operational SAR-based sea ice drift monitoring over the Baltic Sea

J. Karvonen J. Karvonen
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Helsinki, Finland

Abstract. An algorithm for computing ice drift from pairs of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images covering a common area has been developed at FMI. The algorithm has been developed based on the C-band SAR data over the Baltic Sea. It is based on phase correlation in two scales (coarse and fine) with some additional constraints. The algorithm has been running operationally in the Baltic Sea from the beginning of 2011, using Radarsat-1 ScanSAR wide mode and Envisat ASAR wide swath mode data. The resulting ice drift fields are publicly available as part of the MyOcean EC project. The SAR-based ice drift vectors have been compared to the drift vectors from drifter buoys in the Baltic Sea during the first operational season, and also these validation results are shown in this paper. Also some navigationally useful sea ice quantities, which can be derived from ice drift vector fields, are presented.