This is a guest blog by Geology major Andi Eglinton as part of the course GEG345 Remote Sensing of Environment.
The Australian Antarctic Program is using remote sensing to look at near-coastal Antarctic sea ice and its impacts on ice shelves and ecosystems. They are using RADARSAT satellite ScanSAR images as well as MODIS images to measure and monitor ice extent, thickness, and spatial-temporal variability. They will be using this data to analyze the impact ice variability has on Emperor penguin breeding. They will also be using a wave-ice shelf-sea ice interaction model to look at the impact sea ice has on shelf breakup events in the Antarctic Peninsula.
For more information, see: http://gcmd.nasa.gov/KeywordSearch/Metadata.do?Portal=GCMD&KeywordPath=Parameters|CRYOSPHERE|SEA+ICE|ICE+EXTENT&NumericId=30282&MetadataView=Full&MetadataType=0&lbnode=mdlb1