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Airborne ice thickness surveys using pulse radar and stepped-frequency radar: possibilities and constraints
Author(s): V. Damm; Dieter M Eisenburger; M. Jenett; H. Lentz
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Paper Abstract

The advantage ofusing high-energy pulses makes classical pulse radar the favoured system for surveying very thick glaciers compared to other radar techniques. A high vertical resolution is necessary when using groundpenetrating radar for near-surface investigations at a depth range down to 50 m, like permafrost or internal layering in glaciers. Stepped-frequency radar technology offers an attractive alternative to the classical pulse radar systems. In order to compare the performances of stepped frequency instruments with a 150 MHz pulse radar during an airborne survey, both systems were used over the same area during a test flight for an ice thickness survey. The possibilities and limitations of the pulse radar and steppedfrequency technology are discussed with special emphasise on near-surface airborne investigations. Starting with theoretical considerations, an overview of the measurement campaign is presented, results are discussed, and conclusions are drawn.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4758, Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, (12 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.462268
Show Author Affiliations
V. Damm, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Germany)
Dieter M Eisenburger, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Germany)
M. Jenett, Technical Univ. Hamburg-Harburg (Germany)
H. Lentz, RST Radar Systemtechnik AG (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4758:
Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar

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