Northern Watch – Options analysis to select a southern test site for above water sensors


  1. Brookes, D.
  2. Forand, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN);Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN)
This document describes an evaluation process to determine the most suitable southern location, amongst several East Coast candidates, for testing a suite of above water sensors (AWS) for the Northern Watch Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) project. The chosen site could be used for testing the AWS, as stand-alone sensors or as part of an integrated suite, before deploying them to the Arctic. It could also be used for testing the AWS between arctic deployments. The evaluation was performed with the assistance of the Canadian Forces (CF), using their own Geographic Information System (GIS) tools, as well as by Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) using a combination of their own GIS tools, radar propagation prediction software (developed in-house, at DRDC), on-site inspections, and a literature search. It was decided that a ski resort named Le Massif, about 70km NE of Quebec City, along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, would be the best choice. This decision was based on the available information and applying such metrics as site accessibility, availability and timeliness for emergency medical response, availability of accommodation for personnel during trials, density of surface vessel traffic, potential environmental assessment issues and suitability of terrain.

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Northern Watch;radar;CANDISS;above water sensors;AWS;underwater sensors;UWS;ELINT;Cabot Strait;SIESTA;propagation;WAAS;GPD;wide area augmentation system;Global Star;Inmarsat;Iridium;Telesat
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2013-141 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
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