When scientists talk about the cryosphere, they mean the places on Earth where water is in its solid form, frozen into ice or snow. Read more ...
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Ice thickness and snow depth sampling near Barrow, Alaska USA during the AMSRIce06 campaign. Image courtesy of GSFC.
The AMSRIce06 campaign, headed by Don Cavalieri, was conducted over a one-week period in March 2006. Joint ground and aircraft measurements of snow and sea ice were taken over the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas of the Arctic Ocean. The objectives of the experiment were to compare field, airborne, and other satellite data in order to validate and improve existing snow depth on sea ice retrieval algorithms for the AMSR-E instrument. For more information and campaign maps, visit the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Sea Ice Remote Sensing: Arctic 2006 Web page.