Lisle, Daniel de (Canadian Space Agency, 6767, Route de l’aéroport, Longueuil, Québec, Canada J3Y 8Y9)
The new era of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors will allow the acquisition of high resolution and multipolarization images. RADARSAT-2 will be the most versatile commercial SAR Earth observation system with a high spatial resolution mode of 3 meters and a fully polarimetric mode that will be available on an operational basis. In addition, the advancement in satellite technology do not only profit the imaging modes, other innovations on RADARSAT-2, such as high downlink power or onboard digital recorders will also increase the quality of the service and products. This paper will briefly present RADARSAT-2 and its imaging capabilities, and will focus on the activities that the Canadian Government has undertaken to optimize the use of RADARSAT-2 in support of its mandate and priorities. It will specifically address the EO Data Utilization Plan, Applications Development Support Programs and the RADARSAT-2 Data Management Plan.