RSLab is conducting a series of tests on the Marmolada glacier with a ground penetrating radar (GPR) mounted on an helicopter to study the feasibility to estimate the properties of ice as well as the possible presence of water in the subsurface.
The study is aimed to understand if these variables can be estimated in a reliable and automatic way by using advanced signal processing and machine learning techniques applied to the data acquired by a flexible low mass GPR that could fly on a drone. The final goal is to provide an additional tool to civil protection for monitoring the status of the ice after the tragic event occurred on the Marmolada glacier the past year.
The activities in progress have been been presented on the RAI TGR news. See here starting at minute 15:10.