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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, or NITF for imagery and 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 Spotlight: 5 - 2 x 0.8 m (1 look); Ultra-Fine: 5 - 2 x 3 m (1 look); Wide Ultra-Fine: 3 - 2 x 3 m (1 look); Multi-Look Fine/Wide MLF: 11 - 7 x 8 m (4 looks); Extra-Fine: 8 - 4 x 5 m (1 look) to 24 -12 x 24 m (28 looks); Fine: 10 - 7 x 8 m (1 look); Wide
[Best Resolution: 0.8m]
Swath Summary Spotlight: 18 km [8 km along-track]; Ultra-Fine: 20 km; Wide Ultra-Fine: 50 km; Multi-Look Fine/Wide MLF: 50/90 km; Extra-Fine: 125 km; Fine: 50 km; Wide Fine: 150 km; Standard: 100 km; Wide: 150 km; Extended (H/L): 75/170 km; Fine Quad-Pol: 25 km; Wide
[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
Measurements Overview
CategoryParameter
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 fractional cover
Land surface imagery
Surface Coherent Change Detection
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving spectral 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
Above Ground Biomass (AGB)
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Above-ground biomass click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Albedo click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Fire click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Glaciers click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Land cover click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Ocean Colour click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Ice click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea Level click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Sea State click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Snow click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Soil Moisture click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Surface Currents click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
RADARSAT-2 - RADARSAT-2 (2007 - 2024)
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