Monitoring RADARSAT-1 Elevation Beam Pattern using the Canadian Boreal Forest: an Experiment

Conference: EUSAR 2006 - 6th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
05/16/2006 - 05/18/2006 at Dresden, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2006

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Cote, Stephane; Srivastava, Satish (Canadian Space Agency, Canada)
Dantec, Pierre, le (MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates Ltd, Canada)
Lukowski, Tom; Hawkins, Robert, (Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Canada)

This paper describes continued work in the use of the Canadian boreal forest as a secondary site for monitoring of radiometric calibration of the RADARSAT-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor. In mid 2002, a survey of natural sites within data reception mask of Canadian ground stations was made, from which an area within the Canadian boreal forest was retained for a more comprehensive study. Antenna elevation beam pattern measurements covering the entire incidence angle range of RADARSAT-1 were performed. Analysis methodology was similar to the existing approach used with the primary calibration site in Amazon.