Radar survey of the Antarctic shear zone was conducted using an ultra-wideband (2-10 GHz) frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar. The radar was mounted on a sled and pulled by a robot that was specifically designed to operate in a harsh polar environment. Our FMCW radar had good penetration through Antarctic snow and we observed snow stratigraphy to a depth of 20 m. The radar images also revealed multiple crevasses in the shear zone. Our results demonstrate that autonomous survey using high frequency radar is feasible and safe approach for detecting hidden crevasses.
Koh, Gary; Lever, James H.; Arcone, Steven A.; Marshall, Hans-Peter; and Ray, Laura E.. (2010). "Autonomous FMCW Radar Survey of Antarctic Shear Zone". 2010 13th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), 1-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICGPR.2010.5550174