THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - SAR (RADARSAT-2) -
Full Name Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) C band Status 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 Image Products in a format that uses GeoTIFF for imagery and XML for metadata.
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 Standard: 27 - 17 x 25 m (4 looks); Wide: 40 - 19 x 25 m (4 looks); Fine: 10 - 7 x 8 m (1 look); ScanSAR (N/W): 80 - 38 x 60 m / 160 - 172 x 100 m (4/8 looks), Extended (H/L): 18 - 16 x 25 m / 60 - 23 x 25 m (4 looks); Ultra-Fine: 4.6 - 2.1 x 2.8 m (1 lo
[Best Resolution: 0.8m]
Swath Summary Standard: 100 km (inc.: 20 - 49 deg); Wide: 150 km (inc.: 20 - 45 deg); Fine: 50 km (inc.: 30 - 50 deg); ScanSAR (N/W): 300/500 km (inc.: 20 - 46 / 20 - 49 deg); Extended (H/L): 75/170 km (inc.: 49 - 60 / 10 - 23 deg); Ultra-Fine: 20 km (inc.: 20 - 49 deg
[Max Swath: 500 km]
Accuracy Summary Relative Radiometric Accuracy (within a 100 km scene): <1 dB
Waveband Summary Microwave: C band 5.405 GHz. HH, VV, HV, VH polarization - includes Quad polarization imaging modes.
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/currentsOcean surface currents (vector) 
Bathymetry 
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-2 - RADARSAT-2 (2007 - 2019)
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