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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - Ka-band Radar INterferometer (KaRIN) -
Full Name Ka-band Radar INterferometer (KaRIN) Status Proposed
Instrument Agencies NASA, CNES Maturity Low Heritage
Instrument Type Radar altimeters Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Radar altimeter Sampling Other
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Swath mapping radar altimeter that provides measurements for surface water.
Resolution Summary Vertical resolution is 2 cm
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
Ka-Band (26.5 to 40 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Landscape topographyLand surface topography 
Liquid water and precipitation rateLake Surface Height 
Lake area 
Ocean topography/currentsSea level 
Ocean dynamic topography 
Instrument Missions
SWOT - Surface Water Ocean Topography (2021 - 2024)
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