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Support of research vessels in the Antarctic with NRT radar information: an innovative service at DLR's Antarctic station GARS O’Higgins

Höppner, Kathrin and Schättler, Birgit and Schwarz, Egbert and Krause, Detmar and Metzig, Robert and Diedrich, Erhard and Schröder, Michael and Wesche, Christine (2016) Support of research vessels in the Antarctic with NRT radar information: an innovative service at DLR's Antarctic station GARS O’Higgins. TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting 2016, 2016-10-17 - 2016-10-20, Oberpfaffenhofen, Deutschland.

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On their journeys through areas with large layers of sea ice even vessels of high ice class or icebreakers could get into trouble. Reliable information from earth orbiting satellites could therefore be highly desirable. The German satellites TerraSAR-X (TSX) and TanDEM-X (TDX) are capable to deliver precise information about the ice cover, independent of the time of day and cloud coverage. The German Antarctic Receiving Station GARS O’Higgins of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is now equipped with near-real time (NRT) processing capability for the TSX/TDX data. Thus, the overall TSX/TDX ground segment provides navigation guidance in NRT to research vessels in the Antarctic. By providing information products from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) acquisitions, DLR supports a crew to safely navigate through ice. For this purpose, the TSX/TDX data is received at the GARS O’Higgins station directly after the acquisition and is locally processed in near-real time. Subsequently, just one hour after the raw data is acquired from the satellite, the TSX/TDX information product is transferred via email from GARS O’Higgins to the ship. Such a product is generated up to twice a day. NRT processing at GARS O’Higgins for the Antarctic has been routinely carried out since the beginning of the year. First test campaigns in January/February 2016 were performed successfully. The German research vessel Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for polar and marine research (AWI) was supported by DLR during its Expedition PS 96 to the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. The main objective of the planned extensive support of SAR images of sea ice was to support Polarstern navigating through the heavy ice fields in the Weddell Sea, and thus give the possibility for an improved route planning throughout the expedition. In addition, the data were used by different working groups on board to plan the exact position of biological, geological and oceanographic stations dependent on the current ice situation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/107576/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Support of research vessels in the Antarctic with NRT radar information: an innovative service at DLR's Antarctic station GARS O’Higgins
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Höppner, KathrinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0905-6559UNSPECIFIED
Schättler, BirgitUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8629-6014134843400
Schwarz, EgbertUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2901-234XUNSPECIFIED
Wesche, ChristineAlfred-Wegener Institut (AWI)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:18 October 2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 1
Keywords:Near-real time, NRT Service, TerraSAR-X, Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, GARS O'Higgins, sea ice
Event Title:TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Science Team Meeting 2016
Event Location:Oberpfaffenhofen, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:17 October 2016
Event End Date:20 October 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Datenakquisition und Produktgenerierung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > International Ground Segment
Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Deposited By: Höppner, Dr. Kathrin
Deposited On:23 Nov 2016 12:44
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:12

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