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Canadian SAR Mini-MOOC: Winter-Water-Warming - Sep2021

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Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS)

Over the past 50 years much remote sensing research and development work has been accomplished at CCRS. In the following video Dr. Joost van der Sanden will introduce you to CCRS and satellite data reception in Canada. You will learn about CCRS’s essential role in receiving and utilizing satellite imagery for research and application development in Canada over the past half century.

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Significance of Lake and River Ice

Did you know how common freshwater ice is in Canada? In the following overview Dr. van der Sanden will outline some significant facts and why his work is so closely related to the Winter-Water-Warming themes of this mini-MOOC. He will also outline the main learning objectives of this lesson as they relate to radar interaction with freshwater ice and to three case studies. You will gain some essential knowledge of how different freshwater ice conditions can be detected by radar remote sensing.

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Radar Basics for Freshwater Ice Cover Analysis

Have you ever thought about how freshwater ice might look different on a SAR image than on optical imagery? The following video will give you some examples from northern Canada. You will be introduced to why radar is advantageous for ice mapping and monitoring and what the main radar-ice interaction mechanism are for differentiating ice conditions.

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The following video provides some basic knowledge of how different freshwater ice conditions can be detected by radar remote sensing.

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Field work is a very important component to learn more about them, as will be demonstrated in the case studies that follow.

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Freshwater Ice Case Studies

Now you know about radar image analysis for freshwater ice cover conditions. The next topic covers three case studies on lake ice, river ice and ice roads.

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