THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - L-band SAR -
Full Name L-band Synthetic Apature Radar Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies JAXA, METI Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging microwave radars Geometry Side-looking
Instrument Technology Imaging radar (SAR) Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications High resolution microwave imaging of land and ice for use in environmental monitoring, agriculture and forestry, disaster monitoring, Earth resource management and interferometry.
Resolution Summary 18m (range) × 18m (azimuth at 3 looks)
Swath Summary 75 km
Accuracy Summary Surface Resolution: 18 m
Waveband Summary Microwave: L-Band 1275 MHz
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)Fire area 
Land surface imagery 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessIceberg fractional cover 
Iceberg height 
Glacier motion 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
Snow melting status (wet/dry) 
VegetationVegetation type 
Instrument Missions
JERS-1 - Japanese Earth Resource Satellite (1992 - 1998)
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