Applicability of ERTS to Antarctic Iceberg Resources.

by John L. Hult, Neill C. Ostrander

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An investigation of the applicability of ERTS to (1) determine the Antarctic sea-ice and environmental behavior that may influence the harvesting of icebergs, and (2) monitor iceberg locations, characteristics, and evolution. Imagery sampling in the western Antarctic between the Peninsula and the Ross Sea is used in the analysis. It is found that the potential applicability of ERTS to the research, planning, and harvesting operations can contribute importantly to the use of icebergs to meet a growing need for fresh water. Live Antarctic readout will permit timely acquisition of imagery on every orbital pass, which will be necessary to achieve adequate glimpses through the 80 percent cloud cover. Thermal sensor bands will provide coverage in daylight or darkness. ERTS services will be more cost effective than other means and will be easily justified and borne by the iceberg harvesting operations. 27 pp. Ref.

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