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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - L-Band SAR -
Full Name L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Status Proposed
Instrument Agencies DLR, HRC Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging microwave radars Geometry
Instrument Technology Imaging radar (SAR) Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Global observation of dynamic processes in the bio-, cryo-, geo- and hydrosphere.
Resolution Summary
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary L-Band 23.6 cm
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
L-Band (2 - 1 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Landscape topographyLand surface topography 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
Ocean topography/currentsOcean surface currents (vector) 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Sea-ice type 
Glacier cover 
Glacier motion 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
VegetationVegetation type 
Instrument Missions
TanDEM-L - TanDEM-L (2022 - 2034)
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