On-site high-resolution sea ice images from the imaging instruments on airplane, helicopter, ship and unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) platforms have been used as the reference datasets for validation of the sea ice properties. Among the low
altitude remote sensing platforms, helicopters usually carried onboard icebreakers for scientific research activities and
logistics have been recognized as a reliable remote sensing platform from enhanced endurance and verified stability, and
have flexibility for the attachment of multiple sensors. Although areal reference datasets, e.g., helicopter-borne high-resolution
images, can be used to validate lower resolution sea ice information from the characteristics of enough
coverage and fine spatial resolution, continuous drift of sea ice causes distorted locations of image acquisition along the
drift; thus, becomes an obstacle for precise image mosaicking and matching with the sea ice information extracted from
lower-resolution remote sensing imagery. This study presents methods for the cost-effective acquisition of helicopterborne
high-resolution images over drifting Arctic sea ice using a simple configuration of imaging sensor and GPS logger,
and for the compensation of the effect from sea ice drift from each imaging location using the drift trajectory of sea ice.
After mosaicking the sea ice drift compensated high-resolution helicopter-borne images with structure-from-motion
technique, the applicability of the mosaicked image was assessed by comparing with lower resolution satellite synthetic
aperture radar image. The results suggest that the proposed methods can be applicable to the high-resolution images from
other low altitude remote sensing platforms, e.g., UAVs, and can be used for precise comparison with various sea ice
products from satellite remote sensing.