Portable Ice-Penetrating Radar System
Understanding the response of glaciers to climate, including changes to their flow regimes, 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 and popular geophysical tools in glaciology, with applications ranging from ice-depth sounding to mapping the internal stratigraphy of ice sheets to inferring englacial and subglacial conditions. Since 2008 we have been involved with glaciology research groups to assist them in developing and testing ice-penetrating radar systems. Currently, we offer a portable system that has been developed to allow for foot or skis surveys in a mountain environment.
The IceRadar software application was specifically developed to perform acquisition, analysis, and data management tasks. Since 2011, it now runs on a ruggedized Embedded Processing Unit (EPU) for increased reliability and ease of use in the field. IceRadar takes advantage of low to medium cost off-the-shelf hardware to deliver excellent performance and functionality. Further analysis like picking can be done with IceRadarAnalyzer, an additional software application that is included in the software package.
The IceRadar integrated system is typically distributed with radar transmitter, transmit and receive antennas, and antenna protective housing. However, any transmitter and antenna sets operating within the system current capability can be used with the EPU. More information is available in a National Instruments Application Note featuring the first implementation of the system in 2008, or by
contacting Laurent Mingo, P.Eng., at Blue System Integration for details. 604.726.1817.