The area north of Greenland has long been home for the thickest sea ice in the Arctic Ocean (and thus on Earth). The changing climate and increasing melt in the Arctic are now changing that.
During last week, winds pushed fragile sea-ice off Greeland's northernmost coast, and opened an area of ice-free ocean. An earlier such event had happened late February this year. Because they fragilize the thick sea-ice cover close to the coast, such events can have strong implications on the total Arctic sea-ice volume at the end of the melt season (september).
The Mission Advisory Group (MAG) for CIMR will meet for the 2nd time in ESTEC, June 25th and 26th.
They will discuss the retrieval algorithms for the CIMR objectives (Sea Ice Concentration, Thickness, Drift, Sea Surface Temperature, Salinity, etc...), and the progress made by the two Phase A/B1 industry consortia so far.
In February 2018, for an invited post at the EGU Cryospheric Science blog, Thomas Lavergne discussed how the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) could be a game-changer for operational monitoring of sea-ice.