Ice & Snow Inspection
Ground penetrating radar (GPR) works exceptionally well in ice and snow, as the properties of these materials allow deep penetration of the GPR signal. Consequently, GPR is a useful tool to measure the depth of ice and snow, the thickness and layer structure, and to find objects buried within.
Typical areas of use for GPR include:
• Study of glaciers
• Ice thickness measurements
• Snow management
• Buried object detection
GPR is very suitable for measurements through the ice and snow, as the signal can penetrate to a depth of many tens of meters and often several hundred meters. Therefore, GPR can be used to investigate the depth of cover, determine thickness and volume, as well as observe changes in the internal structure. GPR can also easily detect objects buried within the ice and snow.
Why is knowing the thickness of ice or snow important?