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Dual Frequency Ice Penetrating Radar

Project Completed: January 01, 2013

The goal of the project is the implementation of a dual-frequency Ice Penetrating Radar (IPR) system, with field validation under real world conditions. The completed system will be a commercial grade instrument targeted to scientific research groups and natural resources industries.

This technology will allow researchers to understand the response of glaciers to climate, including changes to their flow regimes. This technology is an essential step in evaluating climate change impacts on the glacierized regions of the world. Ice-penetrating radar is one of the most powerful geophysical tools used in glaciology, with applications ranging from ice-depth sounding, to mapping the internal stratigraphy of ice sheets, to inferring englacial and subglacial conditions. Such information is valuable for research, water resource management, and for natural resources exploration.

Radar systems have been commonly used for air-borne surveys to cover large areas, but ground-based surveys remains important for lower scale glacial features, as well as for more complex terrain.

Project Team

Project Manager, Stephen Mooney, Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College
Project Officer, Treharne Drury, Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College
Proponent, Laurent Mingo, Blue Systems Integration Ltd.

Project Partners

Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College

Project Funders

Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College