Alaska Satellite Facility
Delivering Remote Sensing Data Since 1991

PALSAR Documents and Tools



ALOS Data Users Handbook, 2008Overview of the ALOS Project and related technological information on satellites and land systems
ALOS User GuideOverview, products, product format, operations
PALSAR Product FormatDetailed L1.1 and L1.5 product format description
PALSAR Product Format (zip file downloads)Detailed L1.0 product format description

2. Radiometrically Terrain-Corrected (RTC) 

RTC Product Guide, 2015 Guide for radiometrically terrain-corrected products.
RTC Product Specification, 2014This product format specification defines standard terrain-corrected products generated at ASF. It contains the definition for the ISO compliant XML metadata.
RTC ATBD, 2015Algorithm theoretical basis document: Provides the theoretical background of the algorithms and processing flows used for the generation of terrain-corrected products processed by ASF

3. Software Tools

MapReady, ASFTerrain correct, geocode, and apply polarimetric decompositions to multi-pol SAR data
Convert to Vector, ASFTransform point or scene information to formats  compatible with  Google Earth, GIS, and more
SAR Training Processor, ASFLearn SAR processing
Bulk Download, ASFBulk download from the ASF datapool via Metalink files
Other Software ToolsAccess a variety of tools for viewing, analyzing, and processing radar data

4. GIS Platforms

RTC GeoTIFF products are readily visualized in GIS programs such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

QGIS: open sourceWindows, Mac, Linux, BSD
ArcGIS: commercial softwareWindows, Linux
Get SAR Data

Get SAR Data

Select and download SAR data online using Vertex.

Use the ASF API for downloading SAR data via a command line.