P-band polarimetric ice sounder: concept and first results

Jørgen Dall, Carlos Cilla Hernández, Steen Savstrup Kristensen, Viktor Krozer, Anders Kusk, Jens Vidkjær, Jan E. Balling, Niels Skou, Sten Schmidl Søbjærg, Erik Lintz Christensen

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    ESA has assigned the Technical University of Denmark to develop an airborne P-band ice sounding radar demonstrator. The intention is to obtain a better understanding of the electromagnetic properties of the Antarctic ice sheet at P-band and to test novel ice sounding techniques in preparation for a potential spaceborne ice sounding radar. The airborne system is a coherent, high-resolution and fully polarimetric radar. Aperture synthesis is applied in the along track direction and an experimental surface clutter suppression technique based on a multi-aperture antenna can be applied in the across track direction. In May 2008, a proof-of-concept campaign was organized in Greenland, where data were acquired over the ice sheet. The system proved capable of detecting the bedrock under 3 km thick ice and of mapping the internal ice layers down to a depth of at least 1.3 km. In this paper, the system concept is outlined and first results are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium
    VolumeVolume 4
    Publication date2008
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2807-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventProceedings of IGARSS'08 - Boston
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


    ConferenceProceedings of IGARSS'08
    Period01/01/2008 → …

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