In polar regions near real-time satellite data, in combination with other data, to provide up-to-date information on ice conditions to ships and research vessels.

Antarctica MODIS (Terra) Bands 3,6,7

Antarctica MODIS (Terra) Bands 3,6,7

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By combining information from MODIS Bands 3-6-7, or VIIRS Bands M3-I3-M11, it is possible to differentiate sea ice from clouds. Red shades indicate ice, while tan and white shades indicate clouds. Such information can be used in conjunction with other data, to provide ships in the Antarctic with up-to-date information on sea ice conditions which are used to help ships safely plot their course through icy waters.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020 at 2:08 PM EST