Peer-reviewed Publications


  • Lu, J., G. Heygster, and G. Spreen (2018, accepted) Atmospheric Correction of Sea Ice Concentration Retrieval for 89 GHz AMSR-E Observations. IEEE J-STARS.
  • Lam, H.M.G. Spreen, G. Heygster, C. Melsheimer, and N.W. Young (2018, accepted) Erroneous sea ice concentration retrieval in the East Antarctic, Ann. Glaciol., 59(76).
  • Lu, P., M. Leppäranta, B. Cheng, Z. Li, L. Istomina, and G. Heygster (2017, in review for TC) The color of melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. The Cryosphere Discuss.,
  • Patilea, C., G. Heygster, M. Huntemann, and G. Spreen (2017, in review for TC) Combined SMAP/SMOS Thin Sea Ice Thickness Retrieval, The Cryosphere Discuss., doi:10.5194/tc-2017-168.
  • Malinka, A., E. Zege, L. Istomina, G. HeygsterG. Spreen, D. Perovich, and C. Polashenski (2017, in review for TC) Reflective properties of melt ponds on sea ice. The Cryosphere Discuss.doi:10.5194/tc-2017-150.
  • Scarlat, R.C., C. Melsheimer, and G. Heygster (2017, in review for AMT) Retrieval of Total Water Vapour in the Arctic Using Microwave Humidity Sounders. Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., doi:10.5194/amt-2017-219.
  • Johansson, A.M., C. Brekke, G. Spreen, J.A. King (2018) X-, C-, and L-band SAR signatures of newly formed sea ice in Arctic leads during winter and spring. Rem. Sens. Env., 204, 162-180, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.10.032. [Article (PDF-File)]


  • Carlsen, T., G. Birnbaum, A. Ehrlich, J. Freitag, G. HeygsterL. Istomina, S. Kipfstuhl, A. Orsi, M. Schäfer, and M. Wendisch (2017) Comparison of different methods to retrieve effective snow grain size in central Antarctica. The Cryosphere, 11, 2727-2741, doi:10.5194/tc-11-2727-2017.
  • Scarlat, R.C., G. Heygster, and L.T. Pedersen (2017) Experiences With an Optimal Estimation Algorithm for Surface and Atmospheric Parameter Retrieval From Passive Microwave Data in the Arctic. IEEE J-STARS, 10, 3934-3947, doi:10.1109/jstars.2017.2739858.
  • Barbaro, E., A. Spolaor, O. Karroca, K.-T. Park, T. Martma, E. Isaksson, J. Kohler, J.C. Gallet, M.P. Bjorkman, D. Cappelletti, G. Spreen, R. Zangrando, C. Barbante, and A. Gambaro (2017) Free amino acids in the Arctic snow and ice core samples: potential markers for paleoclimatic studies. Science of the Total Environment, 607-608, 454–462, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.041.
  • Fransson, A., M. Chierici, I. Skjelvan, A. Olsen, P. Assmy, A.K. Peterson, G. Spreen, and B. Ward (2017) Effects of sea-ice and biogeochemical processes and storms on under-ice water fCO2 during the winter-spring transition in the high Arctic Ocean: implications for sea-air CO2 fluxes. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122(7), 5566–5587, doi:10.1002/2016JC012478. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Itkin, P., G. Spreen, B. Cheng, M. Doble, F. Girard-Ardhuin, J. Haapala, N. Hughes, L. Kaleschke, M. Nicolaus, J. Wilkinson (2017) Thin ice and storms: sea ice deformation from buoy arrays deployed during N-ICE2015. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122(6), 4661–4674, doi:10.1002/2016JC012403. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Spreen, G., R. Kwok, D. Menemenlis, and A.T. Nguyen (2017) Sea ice deformation in a coupled ocean-sea ice model and in satellite remote sensing data. The Cryosphere, 11, 1553–1573, doi:10.5194/tc-11-1553-2017. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • King, J., G. Spreen, S. Gerland, C. Haas, S. Hendricks, L. Kaleschke and C. Wang (2017) Sea-Ice Thickness from field measurements in the north-western Barents Sea. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122(2), 1497–1512, doi:10.1002/2016JC012199.
  • Vallelonga, P., N. Maffezzoli, A. D. Moy, M. A. J. Curran, T. R. Vance, R. Edwards, G. Hughes, E. Barker, G. Spreen, A. Saiz-Lopez, J. P. Corella, C. A. Cuevas, and A. Spolaor (2017) Sea-ice-related halogen enrichment at Law Dome, coastal East Antarctica. Clim. Past, 13, 171–184, doi:10.5194/cp-13-171-2017. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Suresh, G., C. Melsheimer, I.R. MacDonald, J. Notholt, and G. Bohrmann (2017) Application of the automatic seep location estimator (ASLE) with the use of contextual information for estimating offshore oil seeps. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 5, 16-26, doi:10.1016/j.rsase.2016.11.005.
  • Assmy, P., M. Fernandez-Mendez, P. Duarte, A. Meyer, A. Randelhoff, C. Mundy, L. Olsen, H. Kauko, A. Bailey, M. Chierici, L. Cohen, A. Doulgeris, J. Ehn, A. Fransson, S. Gerland, H. Hop, S. Hudson, N. Hughes, P. Itkin, G. Johnsen, J. King, B. Koch, Z. Koenig, S. Kwasniewski, S. Laney, M. Nicolaus, A. Pavlov, C. Polashenski, C. Provost, A. Rösel, M. Sandbu, G. Spreen, L. Smedsrud, A. Sundfjord, T. Taskjelle, A. Tatarek, J. Wiktor, P. Wagner, A. Wold, H. Steen, and M. Granskog (2017) Leads in Arctic pack ice enable early phytoplankton blooms below snow-covered sea ice. Scientific Reports, 7, 40850, doi:10.1038/srep40850. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Spreen, G. and S. Kern (2017) Chapter 9 Methods of satellite remote sensing of sea ice. pp. 239–260. In Sea Ice, D.N. Thomas (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, 664 pp., ISBN: 978-1-118-77838-8doi:10.1002/9781118778371.
  • Johansson, A.M., J.A. King, A.P. Doulgeris, S. Gerland, S. Singha, G. Spreen, and T. Busche (2017) Combined observations of Arctic sea ice with near-coincident colocated X-band, C-band, and L-band SAR satellite remote sensing and helicopter-borne measurements. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122(1), 669–691, doi:10.1002/2016JC012273.
  • Hui, F., X. Cheng, P. Gong, J. Kang, Y. Liu, F. Wang, Z. Li, Y. Ye, Z. Guo (2017) AntarcticaLC2000: The new Antarctic land cover database for the year 2000. Science China Earth Sciences, 60(4), 686-696, doi:10.1007/s11430-016-0029-2.


  • Zhu, T., F. Li, G. Heygster, and S. Zhang (2016) Antarctic sea-ice classification based on conditional random fields from RADARSAT-2 dual-polarization satellite images. IEEE J-STARS, 9(6), 2451–2467, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2551318.
  • Ressel, R., S. Singha, S. Lehner, A. Rösel, and G. Spreen (2016) Investigation into different polarimetric features for sea ice classification using X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar. IEEE J-STARS, 9(7), 3131–3143, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2539501. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Ye, Y., M. Shokr, G. Heygster, and G. Spreen (2016) Improving multiyear ice concentration estimates with ice drift. Remote Sens., 8(5), 397, doi:10.3390/rs8050397. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Kaleschke, L., X. Tian-Kunze, N. Maaß, A. Beitsch, A. Wernecke, M. Miernecki, G. Müller, B.H. Fock, A.M. Gierisch, K.H. Schlünzen, T. Pohlmann, M. Dobrynin, S. Hendricks, J. Asseng, R. Gerdes, P. Jochmann, N. Reimer, J. Holfort, C. Melsheimer, G. HeygsterG. Spreen, S. Gerland, J. King, N. Skou, S.S. Søbjærg, C. Haas, F. Richter, and T. Casal (2016) SMOS sea ice product: Operational application and validation in the Barents Sea marginal ice zone. Remote Sens. Environ., 180, 264-273, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.03.009.
  • Melsheimer, C., T. Frost, and G. Heygster (2016) Detectability of polar mesocyclones and polar lows using data from space-borne microwave humidity sounders. IEEE J-STARS, 9(1), 326–335, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2499083.
  • Krumpen, T., R. Gerdes, C. Haas, S. Hendricks, A. Herber, V. Selyuzhenok, L. Smedsrud, and G. Spreen (2016) Recent summer sea ice thickness surveys in the Fram Strait and associated ice volume fluxes. The Cryosphere, 10(2), 523–534, doi:10.5194/tc-10-523-2016. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Malinka, A.V., E.P. Zege, I.L. Katsev, A.S. Prikhach, and L. Istomina (2016) Accounting for Atmospheric Effects in the Interpretation of Satellite and Ground-Based Optical Measurements. J Appl Spectrosc., 83, 741–749, doi:10.1007/s10812-016-0357-3.
  • Gilg, O., L. Istomina, G. Heygster, H. Strøm, M.V. Gavrilo, M.L. Mallory, G. Gilchrist, A. Aebischer, B. Sabard, M. Huntemann, A. Mosbech, G. Yannic (2016) Living on the edge of a shrinking habitat: the ivory gull, Pagophila eburnea, an endangered sea-ice specialist. Biology Letters, 12(11), doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.0277.
  • Malinka, A., E. Zege, G. Heygster, and L. Istomina (2016) Reflective properties of white and snow-covered sea ice. The Cryosphere, 10(6), 2541–2557, doi:10.5194/tc-10-2541-2016. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Ye, Y., G. Heygster, and M. Shokr (2016) Improving multiyear ice concentration estimates with air temperatures. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 54(5), 2602–2614, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2015.2503884.
  • Dorschel, B., J. Gutt, O. Huhn, A. Bracher, M. Huntemann, W. Huneke, C. Gebhardt, M. Schröder,  and H. Herr (2016) Environmental information for a marine ecosystem research approach for the northern Antarctic Peninsula (RV Polarstern expedition PS81, ANT-XXIX/3). Polar Biology, 39(5), 765–787, doi:10.1007/s00300-015-1861-2.
  • Istomina, L., C. Melsheimer, M. Huntemann, M. Nicolaus and G. Heygster (2016) Retrieval of sea ice thickness during melt season from in situ, airborne and satellite imagery. 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Beijing, pp. 7678-7681. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2016.7731002.


  • Ivanova, N., L.T. Pedersen, R.T. Tonboe, S. Kern, G. Heygster, T. Lavergne, A. Sörensen, R. Saldo, G. Dybkjær, L. Brucker, and M. Shokr (2015) Inter-comparison and evaluation of sea ice algorithms: towards further identification of challenges and optimal approach using passive microwave observations. The Cryosphere, 9, 1797–1817, doi:10.5194/tc-9-1797-2015. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Istomina, L., G. Heygster, M. Huntemann, H. Marks, C. Melsheimer, E. Zege, A. Malinka, A. Prikhach, and I. Katsev (2015) Melt pond fraction and spectral sea ice albedo retrieval from MERIS data – Part 2: Case studies and trends of sea ice albedo and melt ponds in the Arctic for years 2002–2011. The Cryosphere, 9(4), 1567–1578, doi:10.5194/tc-9-1567-2015. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Istomina, L., G. Heygster, M. Huntemann, P. Schwarz, G. Birnbaum, R. Scharien, C. Polashenski, D. Perovich, E. Zege, A. Malinka, A. Prikhach, and I. Katsev (2015) Melt pond fraction and spectral sea ice albedo retrieval from MERIS data – 1: Validation against in situ, aerial, and ship cruise data. The Cryosphere, 9, 1551–1566, doi:10.5194/tc-9-1551-2015. [Article (PDF-File)]
  • Zege, E. P., A.V. Malinka, I.L. Katsev, A.S. Prikhach, G. Heygster, L. Istomina, G. Birnbaum, and P. Schwarz (2015) Algorithm to retrieve the melt pond fraction and the spectral albedo of Arctic summer ice from satellite data. Remote Sens. Environ., 163, 153–164, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.03.012.
  • Suresh, G., C. Melsheimer, J.-H. Körber and G. Bohrmann (2015) Automatic Estimation of oil seep locations in Synthetic Aperture Radar images. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., doi:10.1109/TGRS.2015.2393375.
  • Ye, Y., and G. Heygster (2015) Arctic multiyear ice concentration retrieval from SSM/I data using the NASA Team algorithm with dynamic tie points. In G. Lohmann, H. Megers, V. Unnithan, D. Wolf-Gladrow and J. Notholt (eds.): Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach in Earth System Science. Advances of a Helmholtz Graduate Research School. Springer Earth System Science, Heidelberg, pp. 99–108.
  • Huntemann, M., and G. Heygster (2015) A new method to filter out radio frequency interference (RFI) from SMOS Level 1C data for sea ice applications. In G. Lohmann, H. Megers, V. Unnithan, D. Wolf-Gladrow and J. Notholt (eds.): Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach in Earth System Science. Advances of a Helmholtz Graduate Research School. Springer Earth System Science, Heidelberg, pp. 91-98.
  • Kyba C.C.M., K.P. Tong, J. Bennie, I. Birriel, J.J. Birriel, A. Cool, A. Danielsen, T.W. Davies, P.N. den Outer, W. Edwards, R. Ehlert, F. Falchi, J. Fischer, A. Giacomelli, F. Giubbilini, M. Haaima, C. Hesse, G. Heygster, F. Hölker, R. Inger, L.J. Jensen, H.U. Kuechly, J. Kuehn, P. Langill, D.E. Lolkema, M. Nagy, M. Nievas, N. Ochi, E. Popow, T. Posch, J. Puschnig, T. Ruhtz, W. Schmidt, R. Schwarz, A. Schwope, H. Spoelstra, A. Tekatch, M. Trueblood, C.E. Walker, M. Weber, D.L. Welch, J. Zamorano, K.J. Gaston (2015) Worldwide variations in artificial skyglow. Scientific Reports, 5:8409, doi:10.1038/srep08409.
  • Tomasi, C., A.A. Kokhanovsky, A. Lupi, C. Ritter, A. Smirnov, N.T. O’Neill, R.S. Stone, B.N. Holben, S. Nyeki, C. Wehrli, A. Stohl, M. Mazzola, C. Lanconelli, V. Vitale, K. Stebel, V. Aaltonen, G. de Leeuw, E. Rodriguez, A.B. Herber, V.F. Radionov, T. Zielinski, T. Petelski, S.M. Sakerin, D.M. Kabanov, Y. Xue, L. Mei, L. Istomina, R. Wagener, B. McArthur, P.S. Sobolewski, R. Kivi, Y. Courcoux, P. Larouche, S. Broccardo, S.J. Piketh (2015) Aerosol remote sensing in polar regions. Earth-Science Reviews, 140, 108–157, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.11.001.

Before 2015

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