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CryoSat: ESA’s Ice Mission Measuring change in the Earth’s ice fields. J érôme Benveniste slides from Mark R. Drinkwater & Richard Francis. Antarctic Ice-Cap. Courtesy National Geographic. Antarctic Elevation Change: 1992-2003. Wingham et al., 2006.

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cryosat esa s ice mission measuring change in the earth s ice fields

CryoSat: ESA’s Ice MissionMeasuring change in the Earth’s ice fields

Jérôme Benveniste

slides from

Mark R. Drinkwater & Richard Francis

antarctic ice cap
Antarctic Ice-Cap

Courtesy National Geographic

arctic sea ice
Arctic Sea-Ice

National Geographic

NOAA

sea ice thickness
Sea-Ice Thickness

Courtesy: R. Francis

arctic sea ice thickness
Arctic Sea-Ice Thickness

Courtesy S. Laxon

limitations of footprint size
Limitations of Footprint Size

Image: SIR-C/X NASA JPL

cryosat s high resolution
CryoSat’s High-Resolution
  • Transmits bursts of 64 pulses: sequential echoes are correlated
  • Satellite moves 250 m between bursts
  • Aperture Synthesis technique gives 250 m along-track resolution, much higher than conventional altimeters (ERS-2/Envisat RA-2)
  • SAR Mode used over sea-ice to measure ice-floe freeboards and retrieve thickness
cryosat s high resolution1
CryoSat’s High-Resolution
  • Transmits bursts of 64 pulses: sequential echoes are correlated
  • Satellite moves 250 m between bursts
  • Aperture Synthesis technique gives 250 m along-track resolution, much higher than conventional altimeters (ERS-2/Envisat RA-2)
  • SAR Mode used over sea-ice to measure ice-floe freeboards and retrieve thickness
  • SARIn mode used to measure topographic surfaces: interferometry
cryosat s orbit coverage
CryoSat’s Orbit Coverage
  • inclination: 92°
  • repeat cycle: 369 days
  • sub-cycle: 30 days
  • inter-track spacing: 7.5 km
  • orbit control: ±1 km
  • altitude: 717 km
  • not sun-synchronous

Courtesy: R. Francis

the effect of snow
The Effect of Snow

Courtesy: R. Francis

the effect of snow1
The Effect of Snow

Courtesy: R. Francis

cryosat instruments

Star Trackers

Magnetometer

SIRAL Antennas

Thermal Radiator

Laser Retroreflector

S-Band Communications

Antenna

DORIS

Antenna

X-Band Downlink

Antenna

CryoSat Instruments
siral mode operation
SIRAL Mode Operation

92˚ inclination, 369-day repeat, 30-day subcycle

summary
Are humans really changing the polar environment?

CryoSat – ESA’s first dedicated satellite for study of the polar regions – is focused on answering this question.

CryoSat will deliver quantitative data on the rates of change of ice sheet and marine ice masses.

Summary
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