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Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar

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Dataset Description:

  • Airborne SAR - synthetic aperature radar
  • 1990 - 2004
  • Primarily covers the United States; other tropical locations included
  • Datasets identified by place name

Downloadable Data:

  • PolSAR: 3-frequency polarimetry
  • TOPSAR: C, L, & P band Compressed Stokes Matrix, C-band Tiff, DEM
  • AIT - Along-track interferometry: Interferograms

More detailed product descriptions are available from the AIRSAR website

AIRSAR Technical Specs

P BandL BandC Band
Frequency/wavelength0.45GHz/67cm1.26 GHZ/23cm5.31GHz/5.7cm
PolarizationFullFullFull
Range Resolution7.5m3.75m1.875m
Swath Width (nominal)10km10km10km
Off-Nadir Angle (normal)20-60°20-60°20-60°

Read more on the AIRSAR website.

AIRSAR Summary

AIRSAR Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar

AIRSAR was an all-weather imaging tool able to penetrate through clouds and collect data at night. The longer wavelengths could also penetrate into the forest canopy and, in extremely dry areas, through thin sand cover and dry snow pack.

AIRSAR served as a NASA radar technology testbed for demonstrating new radar technology and acquiring data for the development of radar processing techniques and applications.

AIRSAR Missions

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Ajkwa, Indonesia
Akiyoshi, Japan
Alligator River, Australia
Almo, GA
Altamaha River, GA
Altamaha, GA
Altona, Manitoba, Canada
Amboy Crater, CA
Angkor, Cambodia
Aniakchak Volc, AK
Antarctic Ice - north
Antarctic Penninsula - north
Antarctic Penninsula - south
Antioch, CA
Anza Borrego Park, CA
Aquateca, Guatamala
Araracuara, Colombia
Arenal Research Area, Costa Rica
Arkansas County, AK
Ashurst Lake, AZ
Askja, Iceland
Aso, Japan
Aspen, Canada
Atchafalaya Basin, LA
Augustine Island, AK
Augustine volcano, AK
Austin - west, TX
Avenal, CA
Avra Valley, AZ
Awaji, Japan
Bagley Icefield, AK
Bajo La Justa, Guatamala
Balayan Bay,Philippines
Barbers Point, HI
Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Barrow Tower, AK
BCEF, Chandalar River, AK
Beardstown, IL
Belize
Belize - northern
Belted Range, NV
Berger Levee, MIssouri R, MO
Bermejo Basin, Argentina
Big Delta, AK
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Bighorn Basin, WY
Bintulu, Malaysia
Birchip, Victoria
Bishop, CA
Black Spruce, Canada
Blue Glacier, WA
Bolivar Peninsula, TX
Bonanza Creek, AK
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Brady Glacier, Canada
Brisbane, Australia
Brunei
Buffalo Creek, GA
Cambodia - Central
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Cameron, AZ
Camp Roberts, CA
Cape Hatteras, NC
Carinda, Australia
Carrizozo Lava Flow, NM
Casa Grande, AZ
Cascade Head, OR
Cass Lake, MN
Cathedral Rapids, AK
Cebu, Philippines
Central CA Transect
Central Coast, CA
Central Ice Sheet, Greenland
Central Valley, CA
Cerro Quisharo, Bolivia
Cervantes, Australia
Chanthaburi, Thailand
Charters, Australia
Cheswick, Australia
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiapas, Mexico
Chickasha, OK
Chicxulub Impact, Mexico
Chunchucmil, Mexico
Colbinabbin, Victoria
Collier County, FL
Colombia/Peru Border
Colorado Front Range, CO
Colorado River, CA/AZ
Columbia Bottoms, MO
Columbia Glacier, AK
Connolly, Australia
Cordillera Darwin, Chile
Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Corvallis, OR
Costa Rica
Cowley Beach, Australia
Crater Lake, OR
Craters of the Moon, ID
Cunnamulla, Australia
Cusick, WA
Daintree, Austrailia
Dallas, TX
Daly River, Australia
Darien National Park, Panama
Darwin, Australia
Davao, Philippines
Davis, CA
Death Valley, CA
Denali National Park, AK
Denver, CO
Dietrich Valley, AK
Dot Lake, AK
Drum Mountain, UT
Duke Forest, NC
Dumont Dunes, CA
Dungun, Malaysia
Eastern Mojave, CA
El Paso - SE, TX
El Paso - west, TX/NM
El Paso, TX
El Plan, Mexico/Guatemala
Ellery Creek, Austrailia
Emerald Lake, CA
Endyalgout Island, Australia
Exit Glacier, AK
Fairbanks, AK
Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia
Feltwell, England
Feni Island, Papua New Guinea
Finke River, Austrailia
Flevoland, Netherlands
Florida Keys, FL
Fly River, Papua New Guinea
Ford City, CA
Fort Collins, CO
Fort Hunter Liggett, CA
Fort Irwin, CA
Fowlers Gap, Australia
Fraser, CO
Freiburg, Germany
Fresno, CA
Gabbs Valley, NV
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galveston, TX
Gerstle River, AK
Gilmore Creek, AK
Gippsland, Australia
Glickson, Australia
Gnarwarre, Austrialia
Godley River, New Zealand
Goldstream, AK
Gong-ju,South Korea
Governor, Australia
Great Victoria, Australia
Greenland
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Gualala River, CA
Guanajuato, Mexico
Guaviare, Colombia
Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras
Gulf of Mexico
Gulf Stream, Atlantic Ocean
Gunn Point, Austrailia
Gunung Beratus, Indonesia
Haleakala, HI
Half Moon Bay, CA
Hamilton, Victoria
Hariharalaya, Cambodia
Harz Mountains, Germany
Hayman, CO
Hayward Fault, CA
Henbury Crater, Australia
Hiroshima Bay, Japan
Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
HJ Andrews Forest, OR
Honolulu, HI
Howland Forest, ME
Hualalai, HI
Humahuaca, Argentina
Humpty Doo, Australia
Hunter Region, Austrailia
Huon Pen, Papua New Guinea
Illogwa, Australia
Iloilo, Philippines
Imperial Valley, CA
Injune, Australia
Innisfail, Australia
Inyo Domes, CA
Iron Mtn, CA
Ivotuk Tower, AK
Jack Pine, Canada
Jameson Island, MO
Jeju Island,South Korea
Jemalong, Australia
JKS
Jocotitian, Mexico
Jornada, NM
Juniper, OR
Kahoolawe, HI
Kaingaroa, New Zealand
Kalapana, HI
Kalgoorlie, Australia
Kanlaon Volcano, Philippines
Kapalga, Australia
Katmai Volcano, AK
Kaw, French Guiana
Kellogg, MI
Ken-Ting, Taiwan
Kerang, Australia
Kidman Springs, Australia
Kilauea, HI
Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kings Canyon, CA
Kinross, MI
Kinta, Malaysia
Kiribati, Gilbert Islands
Kluic Labna, Mexico
Kobe, Japan
Kojimawan, Japan
Kona Coast, HI
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Kunoth, Australia
Kyoto, Japan
Kyungsang, South Korea
La Mancha, Spain
La Selva, Costa Rica
La Victoria, Mexico
Ladue River, AK
Lake Acraman, Australia
Lake Coombabah, Australia
Lake Gregory, Australia
Lake Michigan, MN/MI
Lakekamu R, Papua New Guinea
Lampang, Thailand
Lander River, Australia
Landes, France
Las Derumbado, Mexico
Lawlers, Australia
Lawn Hill, Australia
Leach Lake, CA
Little Washita, OK
Liverpool Plains, Australia
Long Beach, CA
Long Valley, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Lost Hills, CA
Lost River, WV
Lovea,Cambodia
Lunar Lake, NV
Lytle Creek, CA
Mabura Hill, Guyana
Macquarie Island, Australia
Madison, WI
Magat, Luzon, Philippines
Mahantango, PA
Mammoth, CA
Manam Island, Papua New Guinea
Manatee County, FL
Manila, Philippines
Manistee, MI
Manix, CA
Manley, AK
Manu National Park, Peru
Manua Island, American Samoa
Marfa, TX
Marikina,Philippines
Marin County, CA
Markham R, Papua New Guinea
Mary River, Austrailia
Matagordapen, TX
Mauna Kea, HI
Mauna Loa, HI
Mayan B.R. Guatemala/Mexico/Belize
Mayon Volcano, Philippines
McDowell Mountains, AZ
Meredith, NY
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Meteor Crater, AZ
Mission Range Mountains, MT
Mississippi - SW
Mississippi Delta, LA
Missouri River, NE
Moenkopi, AZ
Montague County, TX
Monterey Bay, CA
Montespertoli, Italy
Montezuma Hills, CA
Monticello, AK
Moorea, French Polynesia
Motane, French Polynesia
Mountain View, CA
Mt. Bruce, Australia
Mt. Fitton, Australia
Mt. Franklin, Australia
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Mt. Gambier, Australia
Mt. Giles, Australia
Mt. Iwate, Japan
Mt. Keith, Australia
Mt. Lofty, Australia
Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines
Mt. Pinatubo,Philippines
Mt. Rainier, WA
Mt. Read, Australia
Mt. Shasta, CA
Mt. St. Helens, Washington
Mt. Stanford, Australia
Mt. Toondina, Australia
Mt. Unzen, Japan
Mt. Wellington, Australia
Muda Merbok, Malaysia
Munmarlary, Australia
N.Flux Tower, Canada
Nabesca, AK
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Nara, Japan
Narathiwat, Thailand
Nashville, TN
Nelson House, Canada
Nifty, WA, Australia
Niigata, Japan
Noise only test
Nordwijk, Netherlands
Normanby Is, Papua New Guinea
North Atlantic Ocean
North Atlantic Ocean (Almaz)
North Channel, Great Lakes
North Coast of Hawaii, HI
North Park Site, CO
Northern Box, OK
Northway Junction, AK
Northwest Greenland
Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
Oahu, HI
Oakland, CA
Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Oetztal, Austria
Ohakune, New Zealand
Okefenokee, GA/FL
Okmok Volcano, AK
Olary, Australia
Oltrepo Pavese, Italy
Orange, Australia
Orizaba, Mexico
Ostler Fault, New Zealand
Otago, New Zealand
Otter River, MI
Ouachita Mountains, AR
Overton Bottoms, MO
Owlshead Mtns, CA
Pajingo, Australia
Palm Creek, Austrailia
Palm Valley, Australia
Panamint Range, CA
Paracou, French Guiana
Paria River, AZ
Parker Volcano, Philippines
Parson, Canada
Pasadena, CA
Patagonia - north
Patagonia - south
Pekan, Malaysia
Pellston, MI
Perserverance, Australia
Petermann Glacier, Greenland
Phetchaburi, Thailand
Philip Smith Mtns., AK
Platte River, NB
Plumas National Forest, CA
Point Arguello, CA
Pompeii, Italy
Pooncarie, Australia
Popocatepetl, Mexico
Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Presque Isle, ME
Prince Albert, Canada
Pt. Farewell, Australia
Pulau Redang, Malaysia
Quelcaya, Peru
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Rabbit Ears Site, CO
Raco, MI
Raiatea, French Polynesia
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Ranong, Thailand
Rapa, French Polynesia
Ray Mine, AZ
Redlands, Australia
Reveille Peak, NV
Reynolds Creek, ID
Richardson, AK
Rio Bravo, Belize
Rio Grande, TX
Rio Hondo, Belize
Rio Hondo, Mexico
Rio Lempa Watershed, El Salvador
Rio Platano, Nicaragua/Honduras
Rivas Site, Costa Rica
Riverside County, CA
Rocky Mountains, CO
Rodeo Chediski Fire Scar, AZ
Rogers Lake, CA
Rosamond Dry Lake, CA
Rosamond Lake, CA
Rosamond, CA
Rose Island, American Samoa
Rotorua, New Zealand
Ruapehu Volcano, New Zealand
Ruffy, Victoria
Rum Jungle, Austrailia
Runnels County, TX
S. Fen, Canada
Sabine Pass, TX
Sacramento Valley, CA
Sacramento, CA
Saint Laurent, French Guiana
Sakurajima, Japan
Salinas, CA
Saline Valley, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
Salton Sea Dunes, CA
Saltville, VA
Samarahan, Malaysia
Sambaliung, Indonesia
San Antonio, TX
San Bernardino Mountains, CA
San Clemente Island, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Gabriel Mountains, CA
San Joaquin Valley, CA
San Simeon, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Clarita, CA
Santa Cruz Coast, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Santa Monica Basin, CA
Santa Monica Mountains, CA
Santa Rosa Island, CA
Santa Rosa, Costa Rica
Santa Rosa,Philippines
Santiam Pass, OR
Santiam, OR
Sault Saint Marie, MI
Savaii, Western Samoa
Scott Creek, Australia
Scottsdale, AZ
Sehulea Is, Papua New Guinea
SERC, MD
Sevilleta, NM
Sierra Ancha, AZ
Silverton, CO
Sinoloa, Mexico
Slapton Woods, England
Snake River, ID
Songkhla, Thailand
Sonora State, Mexico
South Island, New Zealand
Southern Alps, New Zealand
SP Flow, AZ
SSA, Canada
St. Charles, MO
St. Francis Mountains, MO
St. Louis, MO
Stauning, Denmark
Stillman Creek, Winlock, WA
Stovepipe Wells, CA
Strait of Messina, Italy
Strangways, Australia
Strezlecki, Australia
Strickland River, Papua New Guinea
Sugar Loaf Pt, Australia
Sungai Wain, Indonesia
Sunset Crater, AZ
Surat Thani, Thailand
Sydney Coast, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Taal Volcano, Philippines
Table Butte, ID
Tai Chung, Taiwan
Taipei area, Taiwan
Taiwan - central
Taiwan - south
Taiwan - west
Tanami Desert, Australia
Tanana, AK
Tarcoola, Australia
Tarrawarra, Australia
Tasik Bera,Malaysia
Teapot Domes, WY
Telfer, Australia
Tetlin Junction, AK
Teton National Park, WY
Thunder Bay, Canada
Tiger Well, Australia
Tioman Island, Malaysia
Tok, AK
Tokyo, Japan
Tomakomai, Japan
Tongariro, New Zealand
Toolik, AK
Tottori, Japan
Transect, MB, Canada
Transect, SK, Canada
Trengganu, Malaysia
Trout Lake, WI
Tsukuba, Japan
Tubuai, French Polynesia
Tumut, Australia
Tutuila, Western Samoa
Ua Huka, French Polynesia
Ua Pou, French Polynesia
Ulua River, Honduras
Undara Lavas, Australia
Upolu, Western Samoa
Usamacinta, Mexico
Usu, Japan
Usumacinta, Mexico/Guatemala
Uthaithani, Thailand
Vancouver Island, Canada
Ventura County, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
Visayas, Philippines
Volcan Hudson, Chile
Volcanoes Mocho/Villarrica, Chile
Voyageurs, MN
Vulcano, Italy
Wairarapa, New Zealand
Wallops Island, VA
Walnut Creek, IA
Walnut Gulch, AZ
Wanganui, New Zealand
Wapta Icefield, Canada
Warings Woods, OR
Warren, Australia
Washington DC
Web County, TX
Weipa, Australia
West Taiwan
White Island, New Zealand
White Sands, NM
Whitecourt, Canada
Whitefish Bay, WI
Wicomico, MD
Willandra, Australia
Wind River, WA/OR
Wind River, WY
Wolf Creek, Australia
Yakushima, Japan
Yankee Boy Basin, CO
Yass, NSW, Australia
Yazoo River, Delta NF, MS
Yellow River, NT, Australia
Yellowstone, WY
Yeo-Su,South Korea
Yuba County, CA
Yucca Ridge, CA
Yukon River, AK
Yuma, AZ
Zuni, NM


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