Alaska Satellite Facility - Distributed Active Archive Center

Sentinel-1 – Documents and Tools

The two tables below offer links and descriptions for key Sentinel-1 documents and tools.


Name Description

Product Specification Document, ASF

Defines the ISO-compliant XML metadata for ESA's Sentinel-­1A data.

Sentinel-1 SAR User Guide Introduction

High-level description of instrument modes and products. Also introduction to relevant application areas, information on data distribution, product formatting, and software tools available from ESA.
Sentinel-1 Technical Guide Covers an in-depth description of the mission's products and algorithms as well as details of the SAR instrument and its performance.

Sentinel High Level Observation Plan, Issue 2, Revision 1

Provides the top-level operations plan of the Sentinel missions, including space and ground segments.

Sentinels POD Service File Format Specifications

Useful for InSAR. Users who consult this document may also want Precision State Vectors, available from ASF from 3 September 2015. The product handbook describes the products generated as part of the provisioning of the Copernicus POD Service.
Sentinel Document Library The full document library is available on the ESA website.


Name Description

Sentinel-1 Toolbox (S1TBX)

Processing tools, data product readers and writers, and a display and analysis application to support the large archive of data from ESA SAR missions, including Sentinel-1, ERS-1 and -2, and Envisat, as well as third-party SAR data from ALOS PALSAR, TerraSAR-X, COSMO-SkyMed and RADARSAT-2.

ESA Sentinel App, for iOS and Android.

Powerful visualization of Sentinel product availability. Track the satellites in real time over a 3D globe, see the last and next time they have been and will be over the user's location, and more.
PolSARpro The Polarimetric SAR Data Processing and Educational Tool facilitates the accessibility and exploitation of multi-polarised SAR datasets. A wide range of tutorials and comprehensive documentation provides a grounding in polarimetry and polarimetric interferometry necessary to stimulate research and development of scientific applications; the toolbox of processing functions offers users the capability to implement them.
Other Tools Other tools include a basic radar altimetry toolbox (BRAT), a data browser capable of exploring many product types in their native form (Derby), and more.