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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 1212-1239; doi:10.3390/rs1041212

Antarctic Ice Sheet and Radar Altimetry: A Review

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Received: 12 October 2009 / Revised: 13 November 2009 / Accepted: 28 November 2009 / Published: 7 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microwave Remote Sensing)
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Altimetry is probably one of the most powerful tools for ice sheet observation. Our vision of the Antarctic ice sheet has been deeply transformed since the launch of the ERS1 satellite in 1991. With the launch of ERS2 and Envisat, the series of altimetric observations now provides 19 years of continuous and homogeneous observations that allow monitoring of the shape and volume of ice sheets. The topography deduced from altimetry is one of the relevant parameters revealing the processes acting on ice sheet. Moreover, altimeter also provides other parameters such as backscatter and waveform shape that give information on the surface roughness or snow pack characteristics.
Keywords: Antarctica; radar altimetry; mass balance; ice dynamics; snow properties Antarctica; radar altimetry; mass balance; ice dynamics; snow properties
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