A study of landfast ice with Sentinel-1 repeat-pass interferometry over the Baltic Sea

Marjan Marbouti, Jaan Praks, Oleg Antropov, Eero Rinne, Matti Leppäranta

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Mapping of fast ice displacement and investigating sea ice rheological behavior is a major open topic in coastal ice engineering and sea ice modeling. This study presents first results on Sentinel-1 repeat-pass space borne synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) in the Gulf of Bothnia over the fast ice areas. An InSAR pair acquired in February 2015 with a temporal baseline of 12 days has been studied here in detail. According to our results, the surface of landfast ice in the study area was stable enough to preserve coherence over the 12-day baseline, while previous InSAR studies over the fast ice used much shorter temporal baselines. The advantage of longer temporal baseline is in separating the fast ice from drift ice and detecting long term trends in deformation maps. The interferogram showed displacement of fast ice on the order of 40 cm in the study area. Parts of the displacements were attributed to forces caused by sea level tilt, currents, and thermal expansion, but the main factor of the displacement seemed to be due to compression of the drift ice driven by southwest winds with high speed. Further interferometric phase and the coherence measurements over the fast ice are needed in the future for understanding sea ice mechanism and establishing sustainability of the presented InSAR approach for monitoring dynamics of the landfast ice with Sentinel-1 data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number833
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Displacement
  • Fringes
  • Interferogram
  • Interferometric coherence
  • Interferometric synthetic aperture radar
  • landfast ice
  • Sentinel-1
  • The Baltic Sea


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