Below, we show some ice thickness products produced with the current algorithm.
A major challenge is masking the clouds under arctic conditions, often during nighttime. This has resulted in a very conservative cloud mask, covering much of the images, and most of the open water.
The images also contain a "thick ice mask" identifying multi-year ice and thick first year ice. For these areas of thick ice, the algorithm for ice thickness estimation is not valid.
Map of ice thickness around Svalbard, February 27 2013.
Map of ice thickness around Svalbard, March 8, 2013.