Ice and Snow Thickness RADAR System

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems have the ability to measure snow thickness or fresh water ice thickness. The GPR system used is a Noggin 1000 OEM from Sensors and Software Inc. The Noggin 1000 OEM is 30cm long by 15cm wide and 12cm high. The GPR system was mounted in a small pod and mounted to the skid gear of a BO-105 helicopter. The Noggin 1000 OEM is a very high resolution GPR system, with centre frequency of 1000 MHz and a waveform sampling interval of 0.1 nanoseconds.

sensors and software Noggin 1000 OEM GPR System

sensors and software Noggin 1000 OEM GPR System

Noggin 1000 in pod

Noggin 1000 in pod

The GPR system mounted in a small pod and mounted to the skid gear of a BO-105 helicopter.

The GPR system mounted in a small pod and mounted to the skid gear of a BO-105 helicopter.

The GPR system mounted in a small pod and mounted to the skid gear of a BO-105 helicopter.

The GPR system mounted in a small pod and mounted to the skid gear of a BO-105 helicopter.

Results

Example of GPR plot and ice thickness results

Example of GPR plot and ice thickness results

Example of snow thickness "bread crumb trails" (see Lalumiere and Prinsen+berg, 2009)

Example of snow thickness "bread crumb trails" (see Lalumiere and Prinsen+berg, 2009)

Related Publications

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  • Lalumiere, L. 1998. "Implementation of a Prototype Real-Time Snow Thickness Radar"
  • Lalumiere, L. 1998. "Real-time Snow Radar System Field and Data Report"
  • Lalumiere, L. 1998. "Snow and Ice Thickness Radar System"
  • Lalumiere, L. 1999. "Helicopter Hard-mounted GPR Snow and Ice Thickness Measurement Systems"
  • Lalumiere, L. 1999. "Evaluations of GPR Systems for Helicopter Hard-mounted GPR Snow and Ice Thickness Measurement Systems"
  • Lalumiere, L. 2000. "Helicopter Hard-mounted Tests of Commercially Available GPR Systems for Snow and Ice Thickness Measurement"
  • Lalumiere, L. 2000. "Helicopter Hard-mounted Snow/Ice thickness System Field Trial Report"
  • Lalumiere, L. 2006. "Ground Penetrating Radar for Helicopter Snow and Ice Surveys
  • Lalumiere, L. and S. Prinsenberg. 2009. "Integration of a Helicopter-Based Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) with a Laser, Video and GPS System".