Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1243–1250, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-1243-2015
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1243–1250, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-1243-2015

Research article 16 Jun 2015

Research article | 16 Jun 2015

Tracking B-31 iceberg with two aircraft-deployed sensors

D. H. Jones and G. H. Gudmundsson D. H. Jones and G. H. Gudmundsson
  • British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, UK

Abstract. Icebergs are a natural hazard to maritime operations in polar regions. Iceberg populations are increasing, as is the demand for access to both Arctic and Antarctic seas. Soon the ability to reliably track icebergs may become a necessity for continued operational safety. The temporal and spatial coverage of remote sensing instruments is limited, and must be supplemented with in situ measurements. In this paper we describe the design of a tracking sensor that can be deployed from a fixed-wing aircraft during surveys of Antarctic icebergs, and detail the results of its first deployment operation on iceberg B-31.

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Icebergs are a natural hazard to maritime operations in polar regions. Iceberg populations are increasing, as is the demand for access to both Arctic and Antarctic seas. Soon the ability to reliably track icebergs may become a necessity for continued operational safety. In this paper we describe the design of a tracking sensor that can be deployed from an aircraft during surveys of Antarctic icebergs, and detail the results of its first deployment operation on iceberg B-31.
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