THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - SAR (RADARSAT) -
Full Name Synthetic Aperture Radar (CSA) C band Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies CSA Maturity High Heritage - Operational
Instrument Type Imaging microwave radars Geometry Side-looking
Instrument Technology Imaging radar (SAR) Sampling Imaging
Data Access Constrained Access Data Format CEOS
Measurements and Applications All-weather images of ocean, ice and land surfaces. Used for monitoring of coastal zones, polar ice, sea ice, sea state, geological features, vegetation and land surface processes.
Resolution Summary Nominal resolutions: Standard: 30 m (4 looks); Wide: 30 m (4 looks); Fine: 8 m (1 look); ScanSAR (N/W): 50 m / 100 m (4/8 looks); Extended (H/L): 18 - 27 m / 30 m (4/4 looks).
[Best Resolution: 8m]
Swath Summary Standard: 100 km (inc.: 20 - 49 deg); Wide: 150 km (inc.: 20 - 45 deg), Fine: 45 km (inc.: 37 - 47 deg); ScanSAR (N/W): 300/500 km (inc.: 20 - 49 deg); Extended (H/L): 75/170 km (inc.: 52 - 58 / 10 - 22 deg).
[Max Swath: 500 km]
Accuracy Summary Geometric distortion: < 40 m Relative Radiometric Accuracy (within a 100km scene): <1 dB
Waveband Summary Microwave: C band 5.3 GHz, HH polarization.
MW (~1.0 cm - ~100 cm)
C-Band (8 - 4 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Atmospheric WindsOil spill cover 
Ice sheet topographySea-ice sheet topography 
Landscape topographyLand surface topography 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Glacier topography 
Fire area 
Land surface imagery 
Surface Coherent Change Detection 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
Ocean surface windsWind speed over sea surface (horizontal) 
Ocean topography/currentsBathymetry3 [cm]
Ocean dynamic topography 
Ocean wave height and spectrumSignificant wave height 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Sea-ice type 
Glacier cover 
Glacier motion 
Sea-ice thickness 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
Snow water equivalent 
Soil moistureSoil moisture at the surface 
VegetationVegetation type 
Land cover 
Soil type 
Instrument Missions
RADARSAT-1 - RADARSAT-1 (1995 - 2013)
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