Earth Observation Express

EO Express

1. Announcement of Opportunity (AO): R&D for Multi Satellite Data Integration

To ensure that Canadian industry remains at the forefront of emerging space technologies and is enabled to develop applications that capitalize on new sensors and their capabilities, the Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP) has issued an AO for funding through the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Class Grant and Contribution (G&C) Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology. For this AO, data integration refers to the combination of RADARSAT imagery with other types of satellite imagery, plus any other complementary forms of data such as in-situ measurements, models or surface truth information. This comprehensive data acquisition pools capacity and maximizes interoperable and synergistic use of available satellite systems. Closing date: December 18, 2013. For more information:

2. Development of Advanced RADARSAT-based Products and Services

Following a Request for Proposals (RFP), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf of the CSA, awarded 10 contracts to qualified Canadian suppliers through the Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP) that will further the development of advanced methods, systems, products and/or services, to maximize the utilization of the RADARSAT-2 data allocation and other appropriate Earth Observation imagery to address Canadian Government priorities. The funding available for the RFP was $3,000,000 CAN (GST or HST extra, as appropriate). This special edition of EO-Express contains a summary of these new projects. For more information, please contact the EOADP Manager:

3. 3V Geomatics - RADARSAT for Smart Cities (RSC)

RSC will develop a reliable and robust infrastructure monitoring tool to support asset management in Canada's cities. Enhanced urban InSAR monitoring techniques will be developed to overcome existing limitations and maximize the benefits of RADARSAT. Benefits will include improved infrastructure maintenance, better risk identification, safer cities and better overall decision-making in Canadian cities. As the leading federal government organizations supporting Canadian urban infrastructure, Transport Canada, the National Research Council (NRC) and Infrastructure Canada will participate in the project. For more information, please contact or

4. Array Systems Computing - RADARSAT Tools for Compact Polarimetry

The RADARSAT Tools for Compact Polarimetry project is to develop tools for processing and analysis of compact polarimetric data simulated from RADARSAT-2 fully polarimetric data, in preparation for the future Canadian RADARSAT Constellation Mission. The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), an existing user of RADARSAT-2 data, has been at the forefront of compact polarimetry research for forestry applications. Through the Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests initiative, CFS is building a next generation forest measuring and monitoring system that can respond to key policy drivers related to climate change and to report upon sustainable development of Canada's forests. The project is in collaboration with Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) of NRCan. For more information, please contact or

5. ASL Environmental Sciences - CHOIRS: Characterization of Hazardous Ocean Ice using RADARSAT and Ice Profiling Sonar

There is an increasing need for fine scale detection and characterization of hazardous ice conditions across the North. Such information is of interest to many Canadian government departments and agencies such as Ice Engineering Group of the NRC and the Canadian Ice Service of Environment Canada. The objectives of this project is to use ASL's moored upward looking Ice Profiling Sonar technology together with high resolution quad-polarized SAR data from RADARSAT-2 to demonstrate enhanced ice information products. For more information, please contact or

6. C-CORE – EXICE: Detection and Monitoring of Extreme Ice Features in the Canadian Arctic

EXICE proposes an examination of detection and monitoring of extreme ice features via the complementary use of RADARSAT‐2 in combination with other satellite imagery. Extreme ice features are present throughout the Canadian Arctic and pose threats to navigation, subsea infrastructure and resource development. Substantial efforts have been expended to understand the physical characteristics of these ice features. EXICE aims to address information needs of the Canadian Ice Service and the National Energy Board and involves the participation of the NRC and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. For more information, please contact or

7. Effigis – Minesar: Development of Advanced Radarsat-Based Products and Services for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Based on the needs of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), the MineSAR project aims to develop an operational use of radar images in order to provide essential information to AANDC responsible for the regulation related to the closure of mining operations. For more information, please contact or

8. Globvision - Surface Water Monitoring and Multi-Temporal Classification of Wetlands Using Multifrequency Fully Polarimetric SAR and Optical Imagery

Canadian wetlands are estimated at more than 150 million hectares, which represents broadly 24% of the world's wetlands. The project aims to deliver an operational tool for monitoring water level extent to Parks Canada for their routine ecological monitoring and watershed management of the northern national parks. For more information, please contact or

9. Hatfield Consultants - Using RADARSAT-2 for Cumulative Impact Monitoring of Water Resources in the Northwest Territories (NWT)

The project has been developed to respond to a critical environmental monitoring need in the NWT. The project aims to deliver products and services to optimize the utilization of RADARSAT-2 data in support of AANDC's mandate. The project provides information required for cumulative environmental monitoring and management of water resources in areas of mining and oil and gas resource development, which are rapidly expanding. For more information, please contact or

10. Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) – Development of a Methodology for Estimating River Flow at Ungauged Sites in Eastern Canada Using Radarsat Imagery

River flow measurements are necessary for climate and ecological studies and water resource planning. Canadian hydrometric network stations, however, are usually located in populated areas and/or areas that are clearly of socio-economic interest. The goal of this project is to develop a methodology for estimating river flow at ungauged sites in Eastern Canada using RADARST imagery. The work carried out under this project will result in the development of satellite rating curves and a flow estimate model for ungauged sites. Public Safety Canada is participating in the project with a view to enhancing its capacity to manage flooding in remote regions. For more information, please contact or

11. MDA GSI - Characterization and Trajectory Modelling of Oil Slicks to Increase the Efficiency and Effectiveness for Oil Spill Response

In the case of an oil spill event, both Environment Canada and Transport Canada would require the support of Earth observation data to fulfill their roles in responding to an oil spill in Canadian waters. This project proposes to enhance oil on water characterization by: improving the discrimination of oil types by leveraging the polarimetric techniques available with RADARSAT-2, reducing the detection of false positives and demonstrating the value of using RADARSAT-2 data to improve the validity of oil trajectory modeling. For more information, please contact or

12. MDA Systems - Use of RADARSAT-based InSAR for Permafrost Infrastructure Monitoring in the Canadian North

Melting of Arctic permafrost is threatening existing infrastructure under the responsibility of Transport Canada. Roads, rail beds, pipelines, and buildings shift the heat balance of underlying permafrost towards greater instability. This requires mitigation measures to avoid permafrost thawing and degradation underneath and around the infrastructure leading to its gradual destruction. The task of monitoring permafrost stability around and underneath existing infrastructure creates the need for better and less expensive Earth observation based tools and methods to assess permafrost stability risk, monitor existing infrastructure integrity to allow Transport Canada (as well as its provincial counterparts) to keep fulfilling their mandates in Canada's North. For more information, please contact or

13. Announcement of Opportunity: Flights for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST 2013)

The CSA has posted the FAST AO. Information on the AO is available at the following CSA webpage: The objective of the FAST AO is to provide grants to Canadian universities in support of research projects that offer hands-on opportunities to graduate students and consist in building or modifying scientific instruments or technologies, such as remote sensing, as well as flying them on suborbital platforms and conducting data analysis.

14. IGARSS 2014

Mark your agenda: the IGARSS 2014 conference will be held in Quebec city, July 13-18. The main theme will be the "Energy and our Changing Planet". Book early and don't miss out on the important dates to register. Information:

15. Request for Information (RFI) for Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) Project

We would like to inform you that the RFI for "PCW Project" has been posted today on the PWGSC website. This notice could be of interest to your organization: PWGSC is releasing this (RFI) on behalf of Canada to: inform industry of the Whole of Government (WoG) proposed PCW Project; seek industry comments on the Business Requirements (BR); and seek viable, innovative technical and Project Delivery Model(s) to meet or exceed the Draft PCW BR. The closing date is January 13, 2014.