An optical satellite image of sea ice in the marginal ice zone in the northern Weddell Sea. The image is approximately 100km across and shows swirling sea-ice patterns, including numerous icebergs, caused by the interaction of the sea ice with ocean currents and wind.
This data is used to validate routine sea-ice and iceberg observations delivered as part of the Polar View operational sea-ice monitoring project.
This image was acquired by the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument flying on the NASA Terra satellite and provided by NASA/GSFC/METI/Japan Space Systems. Data collected from the northern Weddell Sea, close to the South Orkney Islands.
Remote Sensing Data Coordinator (M.A.G.I.C)
British Antarctic Survey