ITTC Project


Development of a Spatial/Frequency Domain Interferometry Radar System for the Measurement of Sea-Ice Thickness

Project Award Date: 08-30-2004



Description

ITTC researchers will design, develop and evaluate an airborne, interferometery radar system for the direct measurement of sea-ice thickness and extent. The prototype radar will be evaluated during a field experiment in the Arctic Ocean in October 2004. Upon successful testing of the system, a spaceborne sensor will be developed. The research directly addresses the science question regarding how well long-term climate trends can be assessed or predicted.

Currently, there exists no technology that can generate sea-ice thickness and extent measurements on a global scale at regular intervals from space or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). These measurements have been listed as one of the highest priority measurement gaps in the polar regions by the National Research Council. Sea ice impacts the globe by insulating the Arctic and Antarctic regions from incident thermal energy; in addition, it plays a strong role in global ocean circulation.

ITTC researchers will develop an airborne spatial and frequency domain interferometery radar system which, once proven, will be transformed to a spaceborne implementation. The system takes advantage of interferometery techniques in order to overcome issues with scattering that other implementations face as well as to increase range resolution. Initial models indicate the radar should operate at VHF, which has been found to be optimum for avoiding difficulties with absorption. This preliminary research has been performed in conjunction with a team that is led by JPL as part of NASA's Instrument Incubator Program (IIP).


Investigators

Faculty Investigator(s): Sivaprasad Gogineni (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Brandon Heavey


Project Sponsors


Primary Sponsor(s): NASA


Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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