High Capability Radar Sounder (HiCARS)

(UTIG BT-67)

High Capability Radar Sounder (HiCARS) is an ice-penetrating radar operated by the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics’ (UTIG). With this instrument, researchers are able to build profiles of ice sheets that show the ice surface, internal layers and the bedrock. HiCARS has been used extensively in Antarctica.

Data plot from the High Capability Radar Sounder (HiCARS)

Ice on Antarctica's Ellsworth Mountains, 10/22/2012 Ice on the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica as seen from the IceBridge DC-8 on Oct. 22, 2012. The Ellsworth Mountains are home to Antarctica’s highest point, Vinson Massif (16,050 ft / 4,892 m). Credit: NASA / James Yungel