SIDARUS will develop, validate and demonstrate five sea ice services using satellites as the major source of data. The services include:
- high-resolution sea ice and iceberg mapping by SAR,
- sea ice albedo from optical sensors,
- sea ice thickness from satellite radar altimeter and passive microwave data,
- ARGOS tracking of marine mammals combined with sea ice maps, and
- ice forecasting based on numerical models and satellite data.
In addition to analysis of satellite earth observation data, the project will analyze in situ, airborne and under-ice data from previous and new field campaigns. These are essential data for validation of satellite retrievals. Data products with large or unknown accuracy are of limited values for most users. It is therefore of high priority that data products from past, present and future satellites are validated for quality control and error estimation. SIDARUS will be implemented by a consortium of six partners all with long experience in observation of sea ice and icebergs and implementation of operational services.