Developments in frequency domain AEM; tackling drift and noise with a multicomponent, ferrite-core, receiver tipplet


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The polar oceans' sea ice cover is a challenging geophysical target to map. Current state of practice helicopter-electromagnetic (HEM) ice thickness mapping is limited to 1D interpretation due to common procedures and systems that are mainly sensitive to layered structures. We present a new generation Multi-sensor, Airborne Sea Ice Explorer (MAiSIE) to overcome these limitations. As the actual sea ice structure is 3D and in parts heterogeneous, errors up to 50% are observed due to the common 1D approximation. With MAiSIE we present a new EM concept based on one multi frequency transmitter loop and a three component receiver coil triplet without bucking The small weight frees additional payload to include a line scanner (lidar) and high accuracy INS/dGPS. The 3D surface topography from the scanner with the EM data at from 500 Hz to 8 kHz, in x, y, and z direction, will increase the accuracy of HEM derived pressure ridge geometry significantly. Experience from two field campaigns shows the proof-of-concept with acceptable sensor drift and receiver sensitivity. The preliminary 20 ppm noise level @ 4.1 kHz is sufficient to map level ice thickness with 10 cm precision for sensor altitudes below 13 m.



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Pfaffhuber, A. A. , Kvistedal, Y. , Hendricks, S. , Lied, E. and Hunkeler, P. (2013): Developments in frequency domain AEM; tackling drift and noise with a multicomponent, ferrite-core, receiver tipplet , ASEG Extended Abstracts, ASEG .


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