Tag Archives: SAR

Battling Arctic conditions for SnowSAR

From Chris Derksen (Environment Canada)  Inuvik, Canada Although the schedule for the final preparations was very tight, activities are proceeding well for a SnowSAR flight in Canada. Over the past week, scientists from Environment Canada have been in the field near Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories. As expected, the environment near Inuvik in December has posed some challenges – the Sun does not rise above the horizon at any point in the day, so between 11:00 and 16:00 it’s just twilight. Temperatures have been very cold, not climbing above –30°C and reaching as low as –38°C. In spite of these conditions, measurements are proceeding well – Lidar scans to determine snow depth...

Things hotting up for measuring snow mass

From Dirk (ESA), 3 December 2012 A few weeks ago we kicked off a series of campaigns to hopefully provide high-quality airborne data for the development of ESA's CoReH2O candidate Earth Explorer mission. This mission is currently undergoing feasibility study. The campaigns are built around an airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) called SnowSAR, which measures in the X- and Ku-band frequencies. The instrument was developed by Metasensing NL. It is used to simulate the instrument that could be carried on the CoReH2O satellite.   The major goal of these campaigns  is to map and monitor the mass of seasonal snow over different surfaces in the Austrian Alps and in Inuvik, Canada. This is...