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Results of, measurements, processing and modelling of GPR data showing the effect of soil moisture content on land-mine detection

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1 Author(s)
J. B. Rhebergen ; TNO Phys. & Electron. Lab., The Hague, Netherlands

Summary form only given. To be able to predict the performance of a ground penetrating radar system (GPR) under certain environmental conditions, one needs to relate the parameters that predominantly determine the environment, to parameters that directly govern GPR performance. Soil type and soil water content are such environmental parameters. The latter is determined by prevailing (and historic) weather conditions and has a large effect on the electrical permittivity and conductivity of the soil medium. Thus, by relating soil water content to electrical permittivity and conductivity one can gain a better understanding of GPR performance and in principle could even predict GPR performance. For the purpose of land-mine detection it is advantageous to be able to have some idea of GPR performance under given circumstances. Knowledge about the environment will influence the choice of sensor and the moment in time, the de-miner wishes to deploy the GPR as mine detection sensor. In the summer of 2002 detailed GPR measurements were taken at the TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory (TNO-FEL), mine-detection test-facilities. These measurements were executed under relatively dry as well as moderately wet conditions, in both sand and grassy soils. Data acquisition was done on a high-density grid with several GPR systems. The test facility contains a number of moisture conditions to GPR measurements. In this paper we will illustrate the effect of soil moisture content of different soil types, on the detection of buried land-mines, and compare this with the outcome of a numerical GPR model which takes moisture level and soil type into account.

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Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar, 2003. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on

Date of Conference:

14-16 May 2003