Western researchers tasked with mapping Canadian Arctic from space

Researchers at Western University, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, are included in a two-year $700,000 grant being spent on developing innovative uses for Canada’s world-renowned Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-2.

The Science and Operational Applications Research program (SOAR), a partnership between the satellite’s builders, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., the Canadian government and Natural Resources Canada's Centre for Remote Sensing, announced the grant in March. It also includes projects being helmed by researchers at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Carelton University.

Western’s contribution comes from its Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), which will attempt to use RADARSAT-2 data to improve geological mapping and resource exploration in the Canadian Arctic.

Dr. Gordon Osinski, an associate professor at Western and CPSX’s acting director, said current knowledge of arctic geology is poor in detail. RADARSAT-2, which has an advantage over other imaging satellites because its radar technology can see through weather, will make mapping the Canadian Arctic more precisely a less daunting task than it would be otherwise.

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