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Radar imaging of winter seismic survey activity in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

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DOI: 10.1017/S0032247407007206

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Abstract

During the spring of 2006, Radarsat-1 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery was acquired on a continual basis for the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area (TLSA), in the northeast portion of the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska (NPR-A) in order to monitor lake ice melting processes. During data processing, it was discovered that the Radarsat-1 imagery detected features associated with winter seismic survey activity. Focused analysis of the image time series revealed various aspects of the exploration process such as the grid profile associated with the seismic line surveys as well as trails and campsites associated with the mobile survey crews. Due to the high temporal resolution of the dataset it was possible to track the progress of activities over a one month period. Spaceborne SAR imagery can provide information on the location of winter seismic activity and could be used as a monitoring tool for land and resource managers as increased petroleum-based activity occurs in the TLSA and NPR-A. ?? 2008 Cambridge University Press.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Radar imaging of winter seismic survey activity in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
Series title:
Polar Record
DOI:
10.1017/S0032247407007206
Volume
44
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Polar Record
First page:
227
Last page:
231
Number of Pages:
5