This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. 

Dataset Collection


Sentinel 1A: C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data

Status: Not defined
Publication State: published


This dataset collection contains radar data from the C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) on the European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel 1A satellite. Sentinel 1A was launched on 3rd April 2014 and provides continuous all-weather, day and night imaging radar data. Three acquisition modes are available: Stripmap (SM), Interferometric Wide swath (IW), and Extra Wide swath (EW). The main operational mode is IW. The EW mode is primarily used for wide area coastal monitoring. The SM mode is only used on special request for extraordinary events such as emergency management. The SM, IW and EW modes are available in single (HH or VV) and dual (HH+HV or VV+VH) polarisation. The C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar images the Earth with enhanced frequency and revisit times obtaining full Earth coverage every two weeks. Timeliness and reliability is optimised for emergency response and operational applications with Europe’s coastal zones and shipping routes being monitored on a daily basis. The data has a wide range of scientific applications including sea-ice monitoring, imaging of forests and investigation into the carbon cycle, and the analysis of earthquakes. Data are provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and are made available via CEDA to any registered user.

Citable as:Copernicus; European Space Agency (2011): Sentinel 1A: C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Sentinel, SAR


Previous Info:
No news update for this record
Previously used record identifiers:
No related previous identifiers.
Temporal Range
Start time:
End time:
Geographic Extent