THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - AMI/SAR/Wave -
Full Name Active Microwave Instrumentation. Wave mode Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies ESA 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 Measurements of ocean wave spectra.
Resolution Summary 30 m
[Best Resolution: 30m]
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary Sea surface wind speed: 3 m/s, Significant wave height: 0.2 m
Waveband Summary Microwave: 5.3 GHz (C-band), VV polarisation
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
C-Band (8 - 4 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Ocean surface windsWind speed over sea surface (horizontal) 
Ocean wave height and spectrumSignificant wave height 
Dominant wave period 
Dominant wave direction 
Instrument Missions
ERS-1 - European Remote Sensing satellite - 1 (1991 - 2000)
ERS-2 - European Remote Sensing satellite - 2 (1995 - 2011)
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