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Satellite SAR Data-based Sea Ice Classification: An Overview

Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Saint-Petersburg 199397, Russia
Nansen International Environmental Remote Sensing Center, Saint-Petersburg 199034, Russia
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Geosciences 2019, 9(4), 152;
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 31 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cryosphere II)
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A review of the main approaches developed for sea ice classification using satellite imagery is presented. Satellite data are the main and very often only information source for sea ice classification and charting in the remote arctic regions. The main techniques used for ice classification and ice charting in several national ice services are considered. Advantages and disadvantages of various SAR data-based methods for ice classification are analyzed. It is shown that an increase of SAR technical abilities contributes to the enhancement of sea ice classification reliability. The possible further development of satellite data-based methods for ice classification is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: sea ice cover; satellite remote sensing; SAR data processing; sea ice classification sea ice cover; satellite remote sensing; SAR data processing; sea ice classification
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Zakhvatkina, N.; Smirnov, V.; Bychkova, I. Satellite SAR Data-based Sea Ice Classification: An Overview. Geosciences 2019, 9, 152.

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