Early in the RADARSAT program, DMI partnered with MDA to pioneer the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data for ice monitoring. DMI was one of the first operational users to choose RADARSAT because of its ice-specific benefits and MDA’s operational focus. MDA has been supplying DMI with RADARSAT-1 images since 1998 and RADARSAT-2 images since 2008. The capabilities provided by RADARSAT enable DMI to produce the timely and reliable information required for demanding ice monitoring operations.
RADARSAT provides the best available ice discrimination and feature classification performance, and is the sensor of choice to support high-latitude maritime navigation and operations. RADARSAT-2 delivers multi-polarization imaging options that dramatically improve ice-edge detection, ice-type discrimination, and ice topography and structure information. With scenes 500 km wide, the swath widths offered by RADARSAT’s ScanSAR modes make it the ideal sensor for broad area ice monitoring.