Support Office for Aerogeophysical Research

Project Description
[from SOAR home page,
http://www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/soar/soar.htm]

The Support Office for Aerogeophysical Research (SOAR) is a science
project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of
Polar Programs (OPP) to perform aerogeophysical research in
Antarctica. This project is part of the University of Texas at
Austin's Institute for Geophysics.

The airborne platform is a modified DeHavillandTwin Otter with
instrumentation to provide high-quality, integrated observations of
gravity, magnetics, surface elevation, and ice thickness.

The geophysical instrument suite carried aboard the airborne platform
consists of a gravity meter, magnetometer, laser altimeter and
ice-penetrating radar. Position information is provided by
differential GPS (both pseudo-range and carrier-phase), supplemented
by inertial navigation and precision pressure altimetry data. We
integrate these geophysical and positioning systems to obtain the
highest quality observations consistent with their simultaneous
operation.