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SEASAT: The Restoration Project

Hans Graber(1) , Nettie La Belle-Hamer(2) , and Benjamin Holt(3)

(1) CSTARS - University of Miami, 11811 SW 168 Street, Miami, FL 33177, United States
(2) Alaska SAR Facility, 903 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, United States
(3) Jet Propulsion Laboratory , 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena CA 91109 , United States


In 1978 NASA launched SEASAT which flew its first fine-resolution synoptic spaceborne SAR. The short-lived mission of just 100 days collected valuable data that spanned many disciplines. To date only 15% of this data was processed digitally, as is needed for quantitative assessment, and the data set has been largely unavailable for over 20 years. The objective of this joint effort is to restore and digitally process the entire SEASAT SAR data set for the first time, providing an invaluable opportunity to extend contemporary systematic measurements of surface change to an earlier time period, facilitating retrospective research with spaceborne SAR imagery.

The presentation will give a short history of the SEASAT L-band mission and overview of the restoration project. This collaborative effort will process, catalog, distribute, and demonstrate the scientific value of the SEASAT SAR data. Recent digitally processed examples will be presented from a variety of disciplines.



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