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Summary of Proposal OCE2664

TitleMonitoring of the behaviour of sea ice around the Chilean research stations at the Antarctic Peninsula area between 60°S and 80°S
Investigator Höppner, Kathrin - German Aerospace Center (DLR), German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD-LAX)
Team Member
Dr. Diedrich, Erhard - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), DFD-IBS
Dr. Retamales Espinoza, José - Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH), Departamento Soporte a la Ciencia
Mr. Díaz, Roberto - Armada de Chile, División Antartica

The project will support scientific expeditions of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH) in the sector southward of 60°S focussing on the Antarctic Peninsula area. High resolution TerraSAR-X radar data will be used for sea ice detection and mapping including the identification of ice conditions, ice limits and ice floes areas. Therefore, near real time data are needed on-time and on-site during the planned campaigns being available for Chilean scientists working on board the vessels.

The main objective during the three years project duration is the performance of validation studies during the expeditions. Therefore, Chilean scientists onboard the research vessels will observe and record information on the current ocean surface (including ice situation, icebergs, wave information etc.) and the current weather conditions (especially wind and cloud information) in order to validate the NRT value added products. There will be a constant adaption process for the generation of information products during the project duration.

During the project duration of three years including three Antarctic summer seasons the seasonal ice evolution in the area of interest along the selected ship routes will be investigated. Additionally, the data will help to optimize ship routes to better achieve the scientific goals during the ship expeditions of INACH.

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