This page shows maps resulting of the ice screening process that is done as part of the scatterometer wind processing. Ice maps of the North Pole and South Pole are provided. The blue parts in the maps indicate open water, the black parts correspond to land areas. The gray scale is a measure of the ice A-parameter (albedo). Multi year ice has in general a higher albedo than first year ice, so lighter areas correspond to older ice.
Each link on the right hand side under 'Ice maps' will show a map of the North Pole (N) or South Pole (S) and of the indicated date. Clicking on the maps below will show the latest ice maps.
KNMI hosts the operational deployment of this scatterometer wind product as part of the EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF), see related link or click on the OSI SAF logo above for more information.
The processing software for the wind products is developed in the EUMETSAT Numerical Weather Prediction Satellite Application Facility (NWP SAF) and OSI SAF.