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.
Fifty-one Seasat synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) images of the oceans and sea ice are presented in this document to demonstrate the variety of information contained in this unique and extensive imagery.
This is the 2010 update of the CEOS Earth Observation Handbook. You can browse the live database at http://database.eohandbook.com/ or download the printable PDF of key tables based on the 2010 database contents for a handy reference.