Image Interpretation

How to View Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery

Most SAR products are delivered in either CEOS or GeoTIFF file formats. These file formats will not display in both Windows and Mac default image viewers. However, you can view GeoTIFFs in a GIS program. In addition, both GeoTIFF and CEOS images can be viewed using free downloadable software from ASF called ASFViewASFView is included when you download ASF’s MapReady software.

File FormatDatasetNeeded to View
CEOS L1 and L1.5 productsERS-1, ERS-2, JERS-1, RADARSAT-1, ALOS PALSARASFView (included with ASF MapReady)
ASF Data Recipes: How to View and Geocode CEOS Data in ASF MapReady
GeoTIFF productsPALSAR RTC
Sentinel-1 – Interferograms
ArcGIS, QGIS
ASF Data Recipes: How to View Radiometrically Terrain-Corrected (RTC) Images in ArcGIS and How to View Radiometrically Terrain-Corrected (RTC) Images in QGIS
GeoTIFF productsTerrestrial Ecology, SeasatArcGIS, QGIS, ASFView (included with ASF MapReady)

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