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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): Applications – Professional Certificate

This is a new intermediate-level AlaskaX Professional Certification program. This self-paced course is offered in three sections focusing on SAR applications. The program will launch in April 2023 and extend over three months. The instructor is Dr. Franz Meyer, Professor of Remote Sensing, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information and to register:

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ALOS-2 PALSAR-2 data available over the Turkey/Syria earthquake region

ALOS-2 PALSAR-2 ScanSAR L1.1 (SLC, full-aperture focusing) products acquired over the area of the recent Turkey/Syria earthquakes are now freely available from JAXA. Level 2.2 ScanSAR products are also available to download. JAXA is providing these data through their G-Portal search and download application, through Google Earth Engine, and through the AWS Open Repository (direct S3 bucket access located in the …

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On Demand Sentinel-1 RTC is now available at 10-m pixel spacing and in dB scale!

The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) has released new processing options for On Demand Sentinel-1 Radiometric Terrain Correction (RTC). RTC products can now be output at a pixel spacing of 10 meters and in decibel (dB) scale. The new options are available on Vertex, and in the HyP3 API and SDK. ASF offers On Demand processing for Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, including RTC. This process corrects …

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Publications Archive

Historical Articles 2017 Winter ERS-1 and ERS-2, Free and Open Mapping Antarctica: On the 20th Anniversary of the Radarsat Antarctic Mapping Project 2017 Summer A New Antenna for ASF Ground Station 2016 Fall Tributes for ASF’s 25th Anniversary 2016 Winter ASF 25th-Anniversary Celebration 2006 Anniversary Edition 2006 Anniversary Edition – ALASKA SAR FACILITY: In the …

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Webinar: Jump-Start SAR Data Analysis in the Cloud with ASF’s OpenSARLab

This webinar introduces OpenSARLab as a free, limited-access service for SAR processing using a cloud-hosted Jupyter Hub located alongside the ASF Sentinel-1 archive in Amazon Web Services (AWS). This makes the transfer of large amounts of SAR data to users’ persistent storage volumes fast and free. OpenSARLab includes access to an open library of data …

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Image Gallery

These are a sample of images created from data archived and distributed from ASF. The processing tools that were used to create most of the images are available through the HyP3 On Demand and HyP3 API services or can be found in one of the ASF Data Recipes. Some of the images were produced by …

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Forrest Williams, PhD.

Forrest Williams is a newly minted Ph.D., having successfully defended his thesis near the end of 2022 at New Zealand’s Massey University, where his focus was geology. The topic? Large landslides in New Zealand and how satellite data can track them so that scientists can understand the causes. Landslides are a serious problem in many …

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Heat Map of Interferometric coherence of SAR Data in Ascending Orbit

ASF Science Friday series continues August 26

Monthly Lecture ASF is playing an increasing role in support of NASA’s Earth Science mission. A monthly lecture series features ASF and ASF-related scientists discussing their use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) in addressing the most pressing questions about our changing planet. The next lecture in the series is on August 26 with Dr. Ken Arnoult and Dr. Rudi Gens, …

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NASA schedules second OPERA workshop

NASA and JPL will host a second OPERA project workshop on September 2, 2022. Participation is available in-person or virtually. The goals of this second workshop are to provide additional information on the products generated from satellite radar and optical instruments: For more details on the workshop and to register, visit the JPL Opera Workshops website.