Developing RADARSAT's METOC Capabilities in Support of Project Polar Epsilon


  1. Whitehouse, B.G.
  2. Vachon, P.W.
  3. Thomas, A.C.
  4. Quinn, R.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);OEA Technologies Inc, Upper Tantallon NS (CAN);University of Maine, Orono ME (USA) School of Marine Sciences
The Polar Epsilon project will use Canada’s RADARSAT satellites to expand the Canadian Forces’ space-based ship and oil spill detection capabilities in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. RADARSAT’s ability to detect ships and oil, however, is influenced by surface winds, waves and currents. As existing sources of meteorological and oceanographic data are too coarse in spatial resolution or too removed in time, this report investigates the feasibility of deriving such information from the RADARSAT imagery itself to conduct a rapid environmental assessment (REA) of (i) minimum detectable ship size and (ii) probability of oil spill false detection. The report also investigates methods to overcome limitations in Canadian Forces’ deployed ocean observing infrastructure, which are required to develop and demonstrate spacebased REA products, by using civilian ocean observing systems. In addition, as a means of decreasing limitations inherent in space-based synthetic aperture radar and ocean colour sensors used by Polar Epsilon (i.e. RADARSAT and MODIS), the report identifies and discusses meteorological and oceanographic features of military interest that may be detected by both types of sensors.

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Polar Epsilon;Rapid Environmental Assessment;Synthetic Aperture Radar;RADARSAT;MODIS;Wind;Waves;Currents
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2005-119 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Aug 2005
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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