ITTC Project

Ice-thickness Measurement over the Patagonian Glaciers and the Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers, Antarctica

Project Award Date: 09-15-2002


We propose to deploy an airborne radar system to measure the thickness of the ice sheet over the Patagonian ice fields of Chile and the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers (PIG and TG) of Antarctica. The radar system will be installed on a Chilean Navy P-3 aircraft with the aid of NASA and the Chilean Navy. This work will be in collaboration with NASA and Chiles Centro de Estudios Cientificos (CECS).

The thickness data we gather will help investigators in their effort to better understand glacier behavior and their drainage channels in these regions. While our radar system was created to measure thickness over cold ice, we will attempt to measure the thickness of the temperate ice sheet over Patagonia.

For this investigation, we will repackage our current radar system, CORDS (COherent Radar Depth Sounder), to make it more compact and rugged. We will install the radar system onboard the Chilean Navy P-3 aircraft during the month of October 2002 and perform a flight test to ensure that the system is functioning correctly. The radar will then take the aforementioned measurements, after which we will process the data and extract ice thickness over flight lines. This information will be made available on a password-protected Web server for NASA and Chilean collaborators within six months after the experiment.


Faculty Investigator(s): Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Harish Ramamoorthy

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NASA

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