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UAVSAR- Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar

Friday, June 5, 2015

We have successfully completed the Iceland deployment to study the mechanics of glacier flow and their response to changing climate (PI: Mark Simons and Brent Minchew of Caltech) and volcanic deformation processes over Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes (PI: Paul Lundgren of JPL).  The glacier study is a follow-on observation of previous UAVSAR deployments in summer 2012 and winter 2014.  Six of the eight flights were repeat observations of the same glaciers, which will provide a great data set for studying glacier dynamics from 1 day to 7 days apart.  The observation of Bardarbunga volcano, which had the largest eruption in Iceland in the last century, will provide a baseline set of UAVSAR observations in the event of future dike intrusion events.  Below is a polarimetric color-overlay image of Vatnajokull Glacier on the southern shore of Iceland generated by the quick look processor.