MDA's RADARSAT-2 Imagery Supports Expedition into the North

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Catlin Arctic Survey is partnering with MDA's Geospatial Services Inc. to help it work in the Arctic.

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Catlin Arctic Survey is pleased to announce that it has partnered with MDA's Geospatial Services Inc. (MDA). MDA will provide information from its RADARSAT-2 satellite to help guide their 2011 expedition and Ice Base teams on their 10-week scientific mission in the Arctic to acquire environmental information about changing sea ice conditions. This is the third Catlin Arctic Survey expedition that MDA has supported.

From its vantage point of 798 kilometres above the Earth, RADARSAT-2 data will be charting the way for the explorer and research teams as they set out on this challenging journey in early March. The team will be kicking off the expedition by utilizing RADARSAT-2 imagery to identify two clear landing strips that will allow aircrafts to deliver vital supplies to the scientists and explorers. RADARSAT-2 data will also assist the team in identifying potential hazards and obstacles as the explorers cross ice rubble fields, clamber over ridges and swim across sections of open water in the harsh, unforgiving Arctic environment.

RADARSAT-2 will provide near real-time operational information each day, through darkness and cloud cover, that will give the Catlin Arctic Survey team the bigger picture of ice conditions in the hours and days ahead.

The company's experience delivering RADARSAT-2 information solutions spans a wide range of global applications for land and maritime, and oil and gas applications. Based on its ability to effectively monitor remote and harsh environments typically encountered in the Polar region, the Catlin Arctic Survey team chose MDA to provide daily surveillance products and near-real time ice movement forecasts that will be used to help the team safely navigate the ever-changing landscape of sea ice.

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Out of office hours contact: Rod Macrae on +44 (0) 781 402 9819        


  •     High resolution photos are available from
  •     Email press(at)catlinarcticsurvey(dot)com to obtain the access password
  •     Broadcast video footage can be obtained from the Media Team



  •     The Ice Base is a facility created for the Catlin Arctic Survey. For the second year, it will be hosting an international team of research scientists high in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (78°45’N 103°30’W).
  •     Six scientists will work at the Ice Base gathering data on thermohaline circulation and, for a second year, undertake research into ocean acidification.


  •     Ann Daniels (UK), Tyler Fish (US), Phil Coates (UK) and Adrian McCallum (Australia) are the four members of the 2011 Explorer Team.
  •     Catlin Arctic Survey 2011 will also build on research begun by the Explorer Teams in 2009 and 2010 into the thickness of sea ice and ocean acidification.
  •     The team will face extreme winter to spring Arctic conditions, with a wind chill factor that could reach minus 75 degrees Celsius.


Catlin Group Limited is the title sponsor of the Catlin Arctic Survey for the third consecutive year. Catlin is an international specialty insurer and reinsurer. Catlin operates six underwriting hubs – London/UK, Bermuda, US, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Canada – allowing it to provide innovative risk transfer solutions to clients and their brokers worldwide. Catlin is proud to sponsor scientific research to increase our knowledge about the impact of climate change and other changes to the environment.


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