Ice flow mapping with P-band SAR

Jørgen Dall, Ulrik Nielsen, Anders Kusk, R. S. W. van de Wal

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Glacier and ice sheet dynamics are currently mapped with X-, C-, and L-band SAR. With the prospect of a P-band SAR, Biomass, to be launched within the next decade it is interesting to look into the potential of P-band for ice velocity mapping. In this paper first results are presented. Airborne P-band SAR data have been acquired in Greenland, and both offset tracking and DInSAR have been applied to the full resolution data as well as to data degraded to the resolution of Biomass. Generally, ice velocity maps are successfully generated, but in the ablation zone, DInSAR fails in the melt season at both resolutions, while feature tracking fails at the coarser resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IGARSS 2013
Number of pages4
Publication date2013
ISBN (Electronic)9781479911141
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2013) - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013


ConferenceIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2013)
Internet address
SeriesIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings


  • glaciology
  • radar interferometry
  • remote sensing by radar
  • synthetic aperture radar
  • Fields, Waves and Electromagnetics
  • ablation zone
  • airborne P-band SAR data
  • Biomass
  • C-band SAR
  • coherence
  • DInSAR
  • glacier dynamics
  • Greenland
  • Ice
  • ice flow
  • ice flow mapping
  • ice sheet dynamics
  • ice velocity mapping
  • ice velocity maps
  • interferometry
  • L-band SAR
  • offset tracking
  • P-band
  • P-band potential
  • Radar tracking
  • SAR
  • Spatial resolution
  • Synthetic aperture radar
  • X-band SAR

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