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SAR wave mode provides two-dimensional spectra of ocean surface waves. For this function the SAR records regularly spaced samples within the image swath. The images are transformed into directional spectra providing information about wavelength and direction of wave systems. Automatic measurements of dominant wavelengths and directions will improve sea forecast models, but the imagettes can also show the effects of other phenomena, such as internal waves, slicks, small scale variations in wind and modulations due to surface currents and the presence of sea ice.

Status
Not Operational
Type
Imaging microwave radars
Technical Characteristics
Accuracy:
Landscape topography: 3m, Bathymetry: 0.3m, Sea ice type: 3 classesSea surface wind speed: 3m/s, Significant wave height: 0.2m
Spatial Resolution:
30m
Swath Width:
100km
Waveband:
Microwave: 5.3 GHz, C band, VV polarisation, bandwidth 15.5± 0.06 MHz
Earth Topics
Agriculture ( Crop Yields , Forestry ), Land ( Topography/Mapping , Vegetation , Soil ), Snow and Ice ( Snow and Ice ), Natural Disasters ( Flood , Earthquake/Volcano , Oil Slick , Landslide ), Ocean and Coast ( Coastal Geomorphology , Ocean Waves , Ship Traffic , Ocean Currents and Topography ), Solid Earth ( Tectonics/Seismic Activity ), Atmosphere ( Winds ), Water ( Water Management )
Related Instruments
PALSAR, ASAR  
Available Resources Type Access
ERS SAR Calibration Calibration/Validation Document link
ENVISAT/Earthquake and tsunami (Asia) Special Publication link
CEOS SAR Workshop 2004 Proceedings download
SAR Workshop - CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation Proceedings link
The Influence of Orbit Precision in the Quality of ERS SARInterferometric Data Technical Document link
Initial ERS-1 SAR Elevation Antenna Pattern Calibration/Validation Document link
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COSMO-SkyMed data available for research and application development

28 May 2013

COSMO-SkyMed's archive and tasking data are now available to the scientific user community in four sensor modes (ScanSAR Huge, ScanSAR Wide, StripMap HIMAGE and StripMap PINGPONG) through project proposal submission via the COSMO-SkyMed information area on ESA's Earthnet Online Portal.