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Samson C.,Carleton University | Mah J.,Carleton University | Haltigin T.,Canadian Space Agency | Holladay S.,Geosensors Inc. | And 3 more authors.
Advances in Space Research | Year: 2017

Perennial springs at the Gypsum Hill site on Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian Arctic (79°24′N, 90°44′W) represent a high-fidelity analogue to hydrothermal systems that might exist on Mars. The springs were surveyed using an electromagnetic induction sounder (EMIS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR). Both instruments probed the subsurface to a depth of approximately 3 m. Lateral EMIS soundings were performed every metre along a 400 m long reconnaissance line roughly oriented SW-NE and extending through 23 active springs and 1 dry outlet to measure electrical conductivity. Two distinct zones were identified within the survey area on the basis of these data: in the southwest portion, sharp conductivity peaks correspond to isolated springs with well-defined outlets, flowing over dry rocky soil; in the northeast portion, the springs are fed by a pervasive network of saline fluids, resulting in high background readings and muddy surface conditions. These observations are consistent with vertical EMIS sounding data which showed that the brine body feeding the saline springs can be found closer to the ground surface towards the northeast portion of the survey site. In areas of high electrical conductivity, the GPR data exhibits strong scattering. The noisy areas are sharply defined and interpreted to correspond to narrow vertical conduits feeding individual spring outlets. The EMIS is a rugged instrument that could be included as payload in future rover-based Mars exploration missions aiming at probing the shallow subsurface for the presence of brine pockets. © 2017 COSPAR

Singleton A.C.,University of Western Ontario | Osinski G.R.,University of Western Ontario | Samson C.,Carleton University | Williamson M.-C.,Canadian Space Agency | Holladay S.,Geosensors Inc.
Planetary and Space Science | Year: 2010

Polygonal terrain is found in a variety of polar environments on Earth and Mars. As a result, many areas of northern Canada may represent ideal terrestrial analogues for specific regions of Mars - in particular the northern plains. In the Canadian Arctic, polygon troughs are commonly underlain by wedges of massive ice, with rare examples of other wedge types. If the same is true for Mars, this raises interesting implications for the processes that concentrate H2O at the Martian poles. This study uses an electromagnetic induction sensor to investigate the electromagnetic characteristics of terrestrial polar ice-wedge polygons. Surveys were conducted in two regions of the Canadian Arctic using a DUALEM-1S dual-geometry electromagnetic induction sensor, which measures electrical conductivity in the first 1.5-2 m of the subsurface. At locations where strong geomorphological evidence of ice was found, polygon troughs corresponded to local conductive anomalies. Trenching confirmed the presence of ice wedges at one site and allowed ground-truthing and calibration of the geophysical data. Previously unknown bodies of massive ice were also identified through the use of this geophysical technique. This study shows that an electromagnetic induction sounder is a useful instrument for detecting and mapping out the presence of subsurface ice in the Canadian Arctic. Taking together with its small size, portability and ruggedness, we suggest that this would also be a useful instrument for any future missions to Mars' polar regions. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Boivin A.,Carleton University | Boivin A.,Queen's University | Lai P.,Carleton University | Samson C.,Carleton University | And 3 more authors.
Planetary and Space Science | Year: 2013

The Mars Methane Analogue Mission simulates a micro-rover mission whose purpose is to detect, analyze, and determine the source of methane emissions on the planet's surface. As part of this project, both an electromagnetic induction sounder (EMIS) and a high-resolution triangulation-based 3D laser scanner were tested at the Jeffrey open-pit asbestos mine to identify and characterize geological environments favourable to the occurrence of methane. The presence of serpentinite in the form of chrysotile (asbestos), magnesium carbonate, and iron oxyhydroxides make the mine a likely location for methane production. The EMIS clearly delineated the contacts between the two geological units found at the mine, peridotite and slate, which are separated by a shear zone. Both the peridotite and slate units have low and uniform apparent electrical conductivity and magnetic susceptibility, while the shear zone has much higher conductivity and susceptibility, with greater variability. The EMIS data were inverted and the resulting model captured lateral conductivity variations through the different bedrock geological units buried beneath a gravel road. The 3D point cloud data acquired by the laser scanner were fitted with triangular meshes where steeply dipping triangles were plotted in dark grey to accentuate discontinuities. The resulting images were further processed using Sobel edge detection to highlight networks of fractures which are potential pathways for methane seepage. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Monteiro Santos F.A.,University of Lisbon | Triantafilis J.,University of New South Wales | Taylor R.S.,Dualem Inc. | Holladay S.,Geosensors Inc. | Bruzgulis K.E.,University of New South Wales
Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics | Year: 2010

In highly conductive environments the apparent electrical conductivity (σa) data generated from electromagnetic (EM) instruments are known to be non-linear. This is particularly the case when high conductivity bodies are present in the subsurface. However, little attention has been given to this issue in the research literature of the environmental and hydrological sciences. In this paper we describe the development of an inversion algorithm, which consists of a 1-D inversion with 2-D smoothness constraints between adjacent 1-D models, whereby the forward response is calculated using the full solution of the induction phenomena. The robustness of the algorithm is evaluated using σa data acquired from two study areas. In the first case study, σa data is acquired with a DUALEM-21 across a golf green in Guelph, Ontario Canada. In the second case study, a DUALEM-421 is used to collect σa across an irrigated field located on a clay alluvial plain of the Lower Gwydir Valley (Australia). The general patterns of modeled true electrical conductivity (σ), as achieved from our inversion algorithm with the full solution, are shown to compare favorably with the available information and existing knowledge at each site. We also find that the models calculated with the new algorithm compare favorably with those obtained using individual 1-D inversion.

Peterson I.K.,Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans | Prinsenberg S.J.,Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans | Holladay J.S.,Geosensors Inc. | Lalumiere L.,Sensors by Design Ltd.
International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) | Year: 2012

Field programs were conducted in the Beaufort Sea in April 2010 and off Labrador in March 2011 to collect sea-ice and snow thickness data, for validation of RADARSAT-2 and TerraSAR-X synthetic aperture radar (SAR) ice signatures and CryoSAT ice thickness data. Measurements of snow-plus-ice thickness and surface freshwater layer thickness were collected with an electromagnetic (EM)-induction/laser system, fix-mounted on a helicopter. Measurements of snow thickness and the thickness of level ice in low-salinity waters were collected with a 1000-MHz ground-penetrating radar. The SAR imagery provides a good indication of where each method can be used for ice thickness measurement. The ice and snow thickness datasets collected can be used for developing SAR algorithms for ice types and surface roughness, and for validating Cryosat ice thickness data. © 2012 IEEE.

Doll W.E.,Batelle Memorial Institute | Norton J.,Batelle Memorial Institute | Gamey T.J.,Batelle Memorial Institute | Bell D.T.,Batelle Memorial Institute | Holladay J.S.,Geosensors Inc.
Near Surface Geoscience 2014 - 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics | Year: 2014

Boom-mounted airborne magnetic and electromagnetic data sets provide complementary information regarding a site, whether the primary purpose of the investigation is to map and locate munitions or other buried metals, or to characterize shallow geologic features. Current boom-mounted systems are described along with distinctives of these systems for geologic mapping and metal detection. Observed falloff in sensitivity of both types of systems with respect to altitude is summarized. Several examples are provided that demonstrate the benefits of joint magnetic and electromagnetic surveys with boom-mounted systems.

Prinsenberg S.J.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography | Peterson I.K.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography | Holladay J.S.,Geosensors Inc. | Lalumiere L.,Sensors by Design Ltd.
Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference | Year: 2012

During March 2009 and 2011, ice property data were collected from the mobile pack ice off the mid-Labrador coast with helicopter-borne sensors. The surveys collected ice thickness and roughness data with Electromagnetic-Laser (EM) system and overlapping-pictures with a Video-Laser system. The surveys in 2009 and 2011 covered the same offshore region and thus provide information on the inter-annual variability of the First Year pack ice properties. There are several overall pack ice differences between the near-normal winter of 2009 versus the warmer winter of 2011. From satellite imagery it can be seen that the ice extent was much less in the warmer winter of 2011 than in 2009. In addition, the helicopter-borne sensors data showed that mean and modal ice thicknesses of 2011 were much less than those of 2009, having a mean offshore ice thickness of 0.71m relative to 1.68m for 2009. The modal (most frequent occurring) ice thickness similarly decreased from 1.0-1.1m in 2009 to 0.6-0.7m in 2011. Thus ignoring ice extent, the ice volume off the mid-Labrador Shelf in 2011 due to ice thicknesses alone would be half of that present in 2009. The thinner ice and lower ice extent ice in 2011 can be explained by the fact that the 2011 winter was much warmer reducing regional ice growth as well as providing more heat to the offshore ocean which in turn also retards ice growth. In addition, westerly winds bringing the cold air to the region occurred less frequent during the winter of 2011, reducing the ice transport from the northern latitudes. Copyright © 2012 by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE).

Prinsenberg S.J.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography | Peterson I.K.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography | Holladay J.S.,Geosensors Inc. | Galley R.J.,University of Manitoba | Nudds S.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Annals of Glaciology | Year: 2013

Sea-ice thicknesses observed in Canadian coastal waters with helicopter-borne electromagnetic- laser sensors show large interannual variability caused by atmospheric fluctuations in two years for two areas where surveys were repeated, one in the Amundsen Gulf of the Canadian Beaufort Sea and one over the Labrador Shelf. For the Amundsen Gulf, the bimodal ice thickness peaks shifted by 40cm to thinner thicknesses for the warmer winter of 2008 compared with 2004. The thinner ice in 2008 can be explained partially by reduced thermodynamic ice growth during the warmer winter of 2008. In addition, winds from the east were more persistent throughout the winter of 2008, increasing ice export from the Amundsen Gulf and thereby creating open-water areas where new ice growth in late winter produced the thinner ice classes. For the Labrador Shelf, the mean ice thicknesses of the warmer winter of 2011 (0.71 m) were much less than those of the near-normal winter of 2009 (1.60 m). Again the difference can be explained by the fact that along the entire Labrador Shelf the winter of 2011 was much warmer, reducing ice growth and resulting in thinner ice locally and thinner ice being transported into the survey region from northern latitudes. In addition, northwesterly winds occurred less frequently during the winter of 2011, reducing the transport of relatively thicker ice into the survey area from northern latitudes.

Taylor R.S.,Dualem Inc. | Holladay J.S.,Geosensors Inc.
Proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophyics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP | Year: 2011

Low-induction-number electromagnetic instruments have been used widely since the 1980s to measure apparent conductivity of the near surface. In 2010, an instrument incorporating 6 rigidly mounted arrays between 2-m and 6-m in length was developed to provide 6 simultaneous soundings of apparent conductivity. The depth of exploration of the deepest-sounding array is nominally 9 m. Where there is conductive layering of sufficient contrast and continuity within this depth range, estimates of layer conductivity and thickness can be made from the simultaneous data. Profiles of data were acquired across a previously mapped plume of leachate from a landfill at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Estimates of vadose-zone conductivity, saturated-zone conductivity and water-table depth derived from the EM data are in substantial agreement with well logs and samples.

Holladay S.,Geosensors Inc. | Prinsenberg S.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography | Peterson I.,Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference | Year: 2010

Since 2001, personnel of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have used a helicopter-mounted EM/laser system called "IcePic" to monitor the thickness and roughness of sea ice along extended survey tracks, primarily to enhance the quality of ice charts produced daily by the Canadian Ice Service. Since CIS required near-real-time results, data transmitted to CIS during surveys used the real-time output of the system, with minimal handling of the data. While in-flight data quality is high for a wide range of ice types due to joint real-time inversion of its four-frequency electromagnetic (EM) induction and laser altimeter data, further enhancements to output specifications and additional types of information can be obtained through post-flight processing, which can be performed on conclusion of a flight or while refueling. Additional parameters and capabilities that have been provided through post-flight processing include: estimates of bulk sea ice conductivity; bulk ocean surface layer conductivity; discrimination of grounded ice from ice bonded to frozen sediments; and, in shallow, low-salinity environments such as deltas, mapping of freshwater ponded beneath ice and estimation of ice/freshwater layer thickness over seawater or conductive sediments. Copyright © 2010 by The International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE).

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