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Canadian SAR Mini-MOOC: Winter-Water-Warming

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Freshwater Ice Case Studies

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You will learn how – and when – to apply your knowledge of radar image analysis for freshwater ice cover conditions. The case studies include lake ice, river ice, and ice roads.

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Case Study: Radar and Lake Ice 

The following video will familiarize you with the first case study. It is focused on radar and lake ice. Here we will see how compact polarimetric images such as available from Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission may support the tracking of lake ice breakup. Dr. van der Sanden is providing you with a brief introduction and summary that will frame the Google Earth “tour” that he has prepared for you on this topic.

You will learn first-hand how useful radar satellite imagery is for analysing lake ice break-up and take a brief tour of the study area.

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Google Earth Tour

Dr. Joost van der Sanden will take you on a virtual tour to his study areas. He is using Google Earth as a tool to introduce you to the satellite data sets, field work locations and ground reference data collections.

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Case Study: Radar and River Ice

The following video will familiarize you with the second case study. It is focused on radar and river ice. River ice cover monitoring is different from that of lake ice because it can have stagnant and flowing ice components. This can create very hazardous conditions during the river ice break-up period every year, as examples from Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada, will show. Dr. van der Sanden is providing you with a brief introduction and summary that will frame the Google Earth “tour” that he has prepared for you on this topic.

You will learn first-hand how useful radar satellite imagery is for analysing river ice break-up and take a brief tour of the study area.

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Google Earth Tour

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Case Study: Radar and Ice Roads

The following video will familiarize you with the third case study. It is focused on radar and ice roads. The seasonal ice road network is a critical seasonal infrastructure component and vital supply line for northern Canada. Dr. van der Sanden will provide you with a brief introduction and summary that will frame the Google Earth “tour” that he has prepared for you on this topic.

You will learn first-hand how useful radar satellite imagery is for analysing ice road conditions and take a brief tour of the study area.

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Google Earth Tour

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Concluding Remarks

The following video summarises the main experience gained to-date from using radar remote sensing for freshwater ice research and development. The outcomes relate to practical applications for tracking lake and river ice cover conditions and ice road monitoring in Canada

You will review the findings of current radar research and freshwater ice applications and learn about upcoming work.

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Sea Ice Monitoring

In this lesson you learned about basics of how SAR is used to map and monitor Canada’s lake and river ice. In the next lesson you will be familiarized with sea ice monitoring at Canada’s marine environment.

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