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RF reflection from ground through dense snow

  1. Mar 5, 2010 #1
    Hello all
    I work at a BC Ski-hill... what I need is a method to quickly but accurately measure the depth of dense snow (man-made snow, some might call it ice). Traditional method of mechainically boring through to ground is slow, inaccurate & messy. New GPS based methods require detailed gps mapping & a benchmarked local gps transmit station ($$$).
    The goal is to be able to quickly & accurately survey the snowdepth of a wide area.

    Sonic is no good, since density of the snowpack may vary widely, with interspersed ice layers.

    Q1: Can a radar or other RF reflective measure quickly & accurately measure the depth of dense snowpack? Typical range 30 - 200 cm.

    Q2: Any existing product relevant information would be appreciated.
     
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  3. Mar 5, 2010 #2

    berkeman

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    Have you looked into ground penetrating radar equipment? Here's a google hit list:

    http://www.google.com/search?source...301US302&q=ground+penetrating+radar+equipment

    You could call up some of their technical reps to see what they have to say.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2010 #3

    berkeman

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