Research and Application News
Data from Earth observation satellites could help make travel on lake ice safer
26 July 2018
In fall 2017, as part of its Earth Observation Applications Development Program, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) issued an Announcement of Opportunity to support research and development on the integration of data from multiple sources.
This is defined as the combination of RADARSAT imagery with data from other Earth observation satellites, plus any other complementary forms of data such as on- site measurements and simulations. Twelve Canadian companies will receive a total of more than $1,750,000 in funding.
Canada has the largest number of seasonally frozen lakes of any country in the world. Some lakes are located close to major urban centres and used by many people for winter recreation, such as ice fishing. Other lakes are tucked away in remote areas but provide important travel routes for commercial fishers, First Nations, and northern communities.
Travel on lake ice in Canada is common for commercial activities and income. Still, many Canadians lack knowledge of lake ice, and of the ice features that reveal the early warning signs of decay – and danger – in the spring.
Source: Canadian Space Agency
Image credit: Dr. Paul M. Cooley, NextGen Environmental Research Inc. The NextGen project crew collecting ice cores in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg in spring 2018.