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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - L-band SAR (NISAR) -
Full Name L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) (NISAR) Status Proposed
Instrument Agencies NASA, ISRO Maturity Low Heritage
Instrument Type Imaging microwave radars Geometry Side-looking
Instrument Technology Imaging radar (SAR) Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format TBD
Measurements and Applications 3-year mission to study solid earth deformation (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides), changes in ice (glaciers, sea ice) and changes in vegetation biomass
Resolution Summary At 12-day repeat, global coverage, ~10m resolution
[Best Resolution: 10m]
Swath Summary 240 km (12-day repeat and global coverage)
[Max Swath: 240 km]
Accuracy Summary TBD
Waveband Summary L-Band: 1215 -1300 Hz
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
S-Band (4 - 2 GHz)
L-Band (2 - 1 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Landscape topographyLand surface topography 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Surface Coherent Change Detection 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessGlacier motion 
VegetationVegetation Cover 
Instrument Missions
NISAR - NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (2021 - 2025)
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