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RADARSAT-2 Program Status

Daniel De Lisle(1)

(1) CSA, 6767, Route de l'AĆ©roport, Longueuil (St-Hubert), QC 3Y 8Y9, Canada

Abstract

The new era of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors will allow the acquisition of high resolution and multi-polarization images. RADARSAT-2 will be the most versatile commercial SAR Earth observation system with a high spatial resolution mode of 3 meters and a fully polarimetric mode that will be available on an operational basis. In addition, the advancement in satellite technology do not only profit the imaging modes, other innovations on RADARSAT-2, such as high downlink power or onboard digital recorders will also increase the quality of the service and products. This paper will briefly present RADARSAT-2 and its imaging capabilities, and will focus on the activities that the Canadian Government has undertaken to optimize the use of RADARSAT-2 in support of its mandate and priorities. It will specifically address the EO Data Utilization Plan, Applications Development Support Programs and the RADARSAT-2 Data Management Plan.

 

Workshop presentation

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry