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INSTRUMENT TYPE
INSTRUMENT

Data

Discover and download the Earth observation data you need from the broad catalogue of missions the European Space Agency operate and support.

data description

SeaSat ESA archive

The Seasat ESA archive collection mainly covers Europe during the full life of the mission. The products are available as: - Level-1 SAR Ellipso...

data catalogues

EO CAT

EO CAT is the Next Generation Earth Observation system designed to manage end-user Earth Observation services.

data catalogues

FedEO

FedEO provides a unique entry point to a number of scientific catalogues and services for, but not limited to, European and Canadian missions.

data download

TPM LOADS

Download data from TPMs through the ESA TPM Online Dissemination system. The data is freely available to registered EO-SSO users.

News

Discover the latest news on the European Space Agency's Earth Observation activities. Learn all about new data availability and how ESA's missions are performing.

events and proceedings

Event Postponed to September 2021

Please be informed that the 10th ESA Advanced Training Course on Land RS: EO and AI for Forestry has been POSTPONED by one year. The course will still be held at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 20-24 September 2021.

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scientific highlights

New biomass map to take stock of the world’s carbon

The first of a series of global maps aimed at quantifying change in carbon stored as biomass across the world's forests and shrublands has been released today by ESA's Climate Change Initiative at COP25 – the United Nation Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Madrid.

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general news

PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software new release

Download the latest version of ESA's Polarimetric SAR data Processing and Educational Toolbox (PolSARpro).

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scientific highlights

ESA's Earth Explorers surpassing expectations

In this video, learn how each Earth Explorer mission is contributing to Earth science, and changing the way we look at our beloved planet.

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scientific highlights

Satellite Radar Altimetry: past and future

Satellite radar altimetry measurements yield a wealth of information that can be used for a wide range of applications.

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Missions

Explore the European Space Agency's Earth Observation satellite missions. Learn all about ESA's dedicated Earth Explorers or collaborations with other agencies through the Third Party Missions programme.

Biomass
earth explorers

Biomass

The objective of the Biomass mission is to determine the global distribution of forest biomass.

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SeaSat
third party missions

SeaSat

On board SeaSat was the first-ever space-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system for science applications.

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Events

Learn about upcoming Earth observation conferences, workshops and training courses that the European Space Agency organise or support. Discover the results of past events, which may provide useful reference or material for your work.

EVENT - training

10th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing EO and AI for Forestry

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry. The course will be held at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 20-24 September 2021.

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EVENT - meeting

VH-RODA and CEOS SAR workshop

The Very High-resolution Radar and Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) workshop took place from 18 to 22 November 2019.

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EVENT - conference

Living Planet Symposium 2019

ESA's Living Planet Symposia are amongst the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world. The events see scientists present their latest findings on Earth's environment and climate.

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EVENT - workshop

POLinSAR 2019

ESA organised POLinSAR 2019, the 9th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry from 28 January to 1 February 2019.

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EVENT - training

5th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry 2019

The 5th Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry was dedicated to training the next generation of EO scientists to exploit dual and fully polarimetric data for science and applications development.

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TOOLS & TOOLBOXES

Find the tools you need to visualise, analyse and process the European Space Agency's Earth observation data.

TOOLS - processing

PolSARpro

PolSARpro is a toolbox for the scientific exploitation of polarimetric SAR data and a tool for high-level education in radar polarimetry. Read more

Campaigns

Learn about the ground-based, ship-borne, balloon-borne, and airborne campaigns and small satellite field experiments that validate orbiting ESA EO satellites and support future mission development.

AfriScat

AfriScat

AfriScat campaign, a follow on to TropiSCAT campaign, was to acquire long-term P-Band radar data in an African tropical forest.

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BioSAR-3

BioSAR-3

The BioSAR-3 (BioSAR 2010) campaign was specifically planned and implemented to investigate possibilities for a future spaceborne P-band polarimetric and interferometric SAR with a life-time of multiple years.

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OTHER RESOURCES

Browse through mission documentation and reports, and learn more about European Space Agency Earth Observation projects and opportunities.

DOCUMENT - Technical Note

1 Mar 2019

The SeaSat-A Synthetic Aperture Radar System

The SeaSat-A synthetic aperture radar imaging radar system (SAR) was the first imaging radar system used as a scientific instrument from Earth orbit. The system generated continuous radar imagery with a 100 km swath at a resolution of 25 m from an 800 km altitude orbit. The imagery is a pictorial representation of the radar backscatter of the Earth's surface in a map-like representation. Download