Since the launch of RADARSAT-1 in 1995 and RADARSAT-2 2007, these SAR sensors have played a pivotal role as a key source of information for the production of ice charts and the provision of near-real time data to support shipping. The RADARSAT-2, wide-swath ScanSAR modes coupled with dual polarized imaging capability are ideally suited for ice mapping applications. The space segment is augmented with a ground segment that has been designed to meet the needs of rapid data processing and delivery of ice information. The wide swath-width combined with high-latitude areas-of-interest provides multiple imaging opportunities per day. Ice-type discrimination, for example first-year versus multi-year ice, can be achieved by using HH polarized data, and HV polarized data can be effectively used for ice-water discrimination. To meet the needs of end-users who require ice products in near-real time, MDA has developed automated ice-water discrimination algorithms and techniques to estimate ice pressure. RADARSAT-2 data are routinely used to support ice-breaking operations, commercial shipping, seismic exploration, and offshore oil drilling. A key requirement to support these activities is to provide the data in an interpretable and interoperable format that best suits end-user needs.

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