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2-8 GHz FMCW Radar for Estimating Snow Depth on Antarctic Sea Ice

Galin, N; Worby, A; Massom, R; Brooker, G; Leuschen, C; Gogineni, SP; Jansen, P; (2008) 2-8 GHz FMCW Radar for Estimating Snow Depth on Antarctic Sea Ice. In: 2008 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RADAR, VOLS 1 AND 2. (pp. 273 - 278). IEEE

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Abstract

This paper presents the development and initial results from a prototype airborne Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) snow thickness radar operating at 2-8 C.Hz. The FMCW radar was constructed at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), Kansas University (USA) and is the product of a collaborative effort between Kansas University, the University of Tasmania (Australia) and the Australian Antarctic Division. This radar was successfully tested in a laboratory, and then deployed on a helicopter during the Australian-led Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem Experiment (SIPEX) research cruise to the East Antarctic pack ice zone in September - October 2007. Approximately twenty hours of airborne radar data were collected and time-stamped with GPS data for accurate geolocation. Coincident data from a scanning laser altimeter, as well as digital photography, enable a multi-dimensional view of the sample areas, and are important for interpreting the radar signatures. The data obtained provide a multi-dimensional view of the snow and sea ice surface.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:2-8 GHz FMCW Radar for Estimating Snow Depth on Antarctic Sea Ice
Event:International Conference on Radar
Location:Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Dates:2008-09-02 - 2008-09-05
ISBN-13:978-1-4244-2321-7
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences

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