Brief communication: A continuous formulation of microwave scattering from fresh snow to bubbly ice from first principles

Ghislain Picard, Henning Löwe, Christian Mätzler

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Abstract

Microwave remote sensing of the cryosphere demands a formulation of the scattering coefficient which can be applied over the entire range of relevant densities, from fresh snow to bubbly ice, at all frequencies and for any grain size and snow type. Most challenging are intermediate densities (450-550kgm-3) and high frequencies (or coarse-grained snow) where current scattering formulations break down. In this brief communication we demonstrate that the strong contrast expansion method recently developed for heterogeneous, dielectric media can be applied to microwave scattering in snow, firn and ice to solve these problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3861-3866
Number of pages6
JournalCryosphere
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2022

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate

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