Developing RADARSAT's METOC Capabilities in Support of Project Polar Epsilon
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO)
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The Polar Epsilon project will use Canadas RADARSAT satellites to expand the Canadian Forces space-based ship and oil spill detection capabilities in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. RADARSATs ability to detect ships and oil, however, is influenced by surface winds, waves and currents. As existing sources of meteorological and oceanographic data are too coarse in spatial resolution or too removed in time, this report investigates the feasibility of deriving such information from the RADARSAT imagery itself to conduct a rapid environmental assessment REA ofi minimum detectable ship size and ii probability of oil spill false detection. The report also investigates methods to overcome limitations in Canadian Forces deployed ocean observing infrastructure, which are required to develop and demonstrate spacebased REA products, by using civilian ocean observing systems. In addition, as a means of decreasing limitations inherent in space-based synthetic aperture radar and ocean colour sensors used by Polar Epsilon i.e. RADARSAT and MODIS, the report identifies and discusses meteorological and oceanographic features of military interest that may be detected by both types of sensors.
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment