Ice sheet anisotropy measured with polarimetric ice sounding radar

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For polar ice sheets, valuable stress and strain information can be deduced from crystal orientation fabrics (COF) and their prevailing c-axis alignment. Polarimetric radio echo sounding is a promising technique to measure the anisotropic electromagnetic propagation and reflection properties associated with COFs. In this paper, fully polarimetric P-band data acquired with the airborne POLARIS system near the ice divide of the Greenland ice sheet are analyzed. Based on a simple electromagnetic model, these data are interpreted, and a pronounced birefringence is found.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium proceedings
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)9781424495658
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event30th International Geoscience and Remote Sensing symposium - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 201030 Jul 2010
Conference number: 30


Conference30th International Geoscience and Remote Sensing symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
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  • P-band
  • Ice sheets
  • Sounding
  • Radar
  • Birefringence
  • Polarimetry
  • Anisotropic reflection


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