Accession Number : ADA300148

Title :   Survey of Iceberg Sensing by Satellite Imagery. Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis for Selected International Ice Patrol Mission Alternatives. Annex I.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 94-Jun 95,

Corporate Author : EER SYSTEMS CORP VIENNA VA

Personal Author(s) : Armacost, Robert L. ; Super, Albert D.

PDF Url : ADA300148

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This report is Interim Report Volume 9 for the Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis for Ice Patrol Mission Analysis Study. The International Ice Patrol has effectively used airborne surveillance, both visual and radar based, to detect, identify, and classify icebergs. With advancing satellite technology, there is the expectation that some satellite resources are or will become available that will provide a frequent, reliable look at the IIP area and be able to detect icebergs, thereby obviating the need for costly airborne surveillance. The survey of satellite platforms that would offer potential assistance in this report all led to the potential for RADARSAT as being the best candidate. The ICEC evaluation to date indicates that RADARSAT will not be useful except for detection of large icebergs. That capability has potential use for IIP for early detection of upstream icebergs. The IPAP image enhancement process developed by SAIC may yield better detection probabilities. (AN)

Descriptors :   *PATROLLING, *SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR, *ICEBERGS, *SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, IMAGE PROCESSING, POLAR REGIONS, OPTIMIZATION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, OCEAN SURFACE, RESOLUTION, RADAR IMAGES, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, INFRARED IMAGES, DATA ACQUISITION, INFRARED DETECTORS, SEA STATES, REMOTE DETECTION, SEA ICE, SIDE LOOKING RADAR, SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHY, ICE REPORTING.

Subject Categories : Snow, Ice and Permafrost
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE