Polar Epsilon MODIS and Fused MODIS / RADARSAT MetOc Products for National Defence and Domestic Security

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Authors
  1. Vachon, P.W.
  2. Whitehouse, B.G.
  3. Renaud, W.M.
  4. De Abreu, R.
  5. Billard, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);OEA Technologies Inc, Upper Tantallon NS (CAN);Canadian Ice Service, Saint-Hubert Que (CAN)
Abstract
In preparation for Polar Epsilon’s MODIS and RADARSAT satellite reception systems, this project investigates meteorology and oceanography (MetOc) products derived from MODIS data for defence, search and rescue and environmental security operations. It also investigates whether operational improvements can be gained through production of fused MODIS/RADARSAT products, but in both cases the emphasis is on detection of oceanographic parameters and features. This assessment is based on interaction with representatives of federal operational MetOc, search and rescue, ice and oil spill monitoring centres and synthesis of unclassified literature as a means to obtain (i) an up-to-date presentation of Canada’s maritime rapid environmental assessment requirements and (ii) MODIS R&D recommendations for DRDC Ottawa. This information is used to develop a Canadian Forces strategy for MODIS product development, including identification of certain critical operational linkages. DRDC Ottawa’s emerging RADARSAT fine-scale wind product is identified as a critical component of this strategy as is the need for a co-ordinated defence, search and rescue and environmental security operational MetOc data access and distribution system.

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Keywords
MODIS;RADARSAT;METOC;REA;rapid environmental assessment;defence;security;Maritime Rapid Environmental Assessment
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2006-067 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Mar 2006
Number of Pages
70
DSTKIM No
CA027250
CANDIS No
525308
Format(s):
CD ROM

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