Ice Depth/Thickness

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Ice depth or thickness refers to the extent of the ice below the surface of the water. The term is also used in river and lake ice studies. Remote sensing techniques (particularly radar and microwave) have been used to estimate ice thickness as have recently declassified submarine measurements of polar ice thickness.


Definition source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Sample NISE polar projection showing snow cover and sea ice extent for the Northern Hemisphere.
The above image shows a research vessel at the edge of a first year ice floe.