Natural Resources

Wide-area monitoring of natural resources using RADARSAT provides nations with the ability to monitor extended geographies to protect national interests.

Natural Resources

For organizations responsible for managing natural resources, MDA’s solutions allow them to effectively target limited resources to combat illegal logging and fishing, or to better understand ice conditions that affect a range of economic activities.

Benefits
Cost-effect Change Detection

MDA is a world leader in the development of solutions based on SAR imagery. These include forestry-specific change detection algorithms that enable us to deliver cost-effective, routine monitoring and change detection products. 

Monitor Forestry on a National Scale 

RADARSAT-2’s huge collection capability, coupled with MDA’s responsive Mission Planning and Customer Service teams enable the effective creation of national-scale programs to monitor forestry. 

Identify Selective Logging

RADARSAT-2 is the only commercial SAR mission that offers the ability to economically monitor large areas of forest, while still being able to detect selective logging. Through the Extra-Fine beam mode, RADARSAT-2 can image a 125 kilometre swath at a 5 metre nominal resolution. At this resolution, the removal of small groups of trees can be detected.
Rely on the Satellite Imagery Used by the National Ice Centers

RADARSAT-2 SAR imagery is used by almost every national ice centre for the monitoring of sea ice. As the standard for the development of ice charts, you can be confident that you are using the best source of satellite data for ice monitoring.

Reduced Imagery Costs

With a 500 kilometre swath width, MDA’s ScanSAR Wide beam mode delivers the most coverage in a single scene. RADARSAT-2 effortlessly collects huge amounts of data, and MDA’s operationally-focused operations team ensures that data is delivered in near real-time.
Access the Deepest Archive of Arctic Imagery

MDA has been imaging the Arctic since 1997 with RADARSAT-1, and has the largest collection of Arctic imagery available from any Earth observation satellite mission. From 1997 to today, if you need to understand sea ice conditions in the Arctic, MDA has you covered.
 
FOREST MONITORING:  Space-based, automated forest change detection
Foestry before and after

MDA’s forest monitoring service provides a disruptive new capability for monitoring illegal logging and deforestation. Using RADARSAT-2 and proprietary change detection techniques, MDA can provide accurate detection of clear cuts, selective logging, and natural forest degradation for any area in the world. RADARSAT-2’s unique wide area beam modes and its ability to see through cloud enable it to routinely monitor entire regions, consistently detecting changes that are not picked up by other methods.

A subscription to MDA’s forest monitoring service includes monthly or bi-annual reports on forest changes within the monitoring area, including easy-to-use GIS data layers showing the exact location and size of changes. These regular updates on changes to forest cover give government agencies a powerful new tool to better allocate their resources for forest management, and provide an independent means of verification for deforestation monitoring.
 
​ICE MONITORING: ​Near real-time ice monitoring and forecasting
MDA IceView is a powerful suite of historical and near real-time ice monitoring and forecasting products that improve safety, and enable the cost-effective operation of offshore platforms and vessels in environmentally challenging, ice-infested regions of the world. MDA IceView leverages the strengths of RADARSAT-2 and provides the best available ice discrimination and feature classification capabilities. MDA IceView delivers near real-time ice mapping and monitoring, historical ice condition analysis and reporting and near real-time operational support. For customers operating in demanding arctic conditions, MDA’s operational experience and complete control of the supply chain ensures that information is dependable and reliably delivered when and where it is needed.

Beaufort Sea

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documents
DocumentTypeSize
ESA Copernicus Program Case StudyPDF1.56 MB
Geospatial Services OverviewPDF8.89 MB
RADARSAT Information ProductsPDF4.17 MB