The cryospheric topic aims to improve the understanding of the processes and dynamics of different components of the cryosphere, namely land ice, ice shelves, glaciers, snow, sea ice and permafrost. To this end, the cryosphere team focusses on the following research goals:
The combination of remote sensing, field surveys and modelling is the approach to answer these questions. Besides monitoring, the evaluation of essential variables from SAR systems allows to greatly improve understanding of processes and systems and is thus of crucial importance. SAR systems operating at X- and L-Band, used in synergy with each other, can greatly improve the knowledge of dynamics and stability of components of the cryosphere.