Development and Field Experiment of L-Band High-Resolution Ice-Radar

Seiho URATSUKA  Hideo MAENO  Takeshi SUITZ  David A. FISHER  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E83-B    No.9    pp.1969-1977
Publication Date: 2000/09/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Advances in Radar Systems)
ice-radar,  high-resolution,  L-band,  ice cap,  internal layer,  

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We have built a pulse-compressed high-resolution radar for surveying polar ice caps and ice sheet. In experiments with this instrument at the Agassiz ice cap, radio echoes from the bedrock and internal layers measured with high resolution. The resolution of the radar in ice is about 1 meter. The greatest depth from which signals from bedrock were received was more than 400 meters and that from which signals from internal ice were received was about 200 meters. Such performances are suitable for generating data that can be used for detailed comparison between ice core analysis and radar data. This radar is expected to be an effective tool for revealing the three-dimensional extension of event-layer in the ice core and to give information about the scattering mechanism of internal echoes.