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Snow radar

Instrument Type

Operation IceBridge utilizes the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). This instrument measures the thickness of snow on top of sea ice and annual accumulation layers of firn over land ice, which allows researchers to make more accurate sea ice thickness measurements. The instrument is an FMCW radar which sweeps over a bandwidth of 2-18 GHz allowing a range resolution of better than 1 cm in snow.