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Satellites can now measure the thickness of Arctic sea ice in the summer months

Until now, satellites could only measure sea ice thickness between October and March, when the ice and snow are cold and dry. In the warmer months, melt ponds on top of the ice floes confused the instruments, which could not be used to distinguish between melted ice on an ice floe and the ocean. However, thanks to a new study involving UCL researchers, an algorithm was trained on thousands of simulations of satellite data to reliably distinguish between melt ponds and the ocean.

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