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Sentinel 1B C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): Wave (WV) mode Ocean (OCN) Level 2 data, Instrument Processing Facility (IPF) v2

Update Frequency: As Needed
Latest Data Update: 2020-04-22
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2023-05-04
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 135.61K Files | 819GB


This dataset contains Level-2, Wave mode (WV) Ocean (OCN) C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data from the European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel 1B satellite. Level-2 data consists of geolocated geophysical products derived from Level-1.

From WV modes, the OCN product will only contain Ocean Swell Spectra (OSW) and Surface Radial Velocity (RVL).

The OSW component is a two-dimensional ocean surface swell spectrum and includes an estimate of wind speed and direction per swell spectrum. The OSW component provides continuity measurement of SAR swell spectra at C-band. OSW is estimated from Sentinel-1 SLC images by inversion of the corresponding image cross-spectra.

The OSW is generated from Stripmap and Wave modes only and is not available from the TOPSAR IW and EW modes. For Stripmap mode, there are multiple spectra derived from the Level-1 SLC image. For Wave mode, there is one spectrum per vignette.

Ocean wave height spectra are provided in units of m4 and given on a polar grid of wavenumber in rad/m and direction in degrees with respect to North.

The OSW product also contains one estimate of the wind speed in m/s and direction in degrees (meteorological convention) per ocean wave spectrum, as well as parameters derived from the ocean wave spectra (integrated wave parameters) and from the imagette (image statistics).

The spatial coverage of the OSW product is equal to the spatial coverage of the corresponding Level-1 WV SLC or Level-1 SM SLC product, limited to ocean areas.

The RVL surface radial velocity component is a ground range gridded difference between the measured Level-2 Doppler grid and the Level-1 calculated geometrical Doppler. The RVL component provides continuity of the ASAR Doppler grid. The RVL estimates are produced on a ground-range grid.

The Level-2 Doppler is computed on a grid similar to the OWI component grid and provides an estimate of the Doppler frequency and the Doppler spectral width. For TOPS, one grid is provided by swath (additional dimension in the NetCDF). The uncertainties of the estimates are also provided for both the Doppler and radial velocity. The Doppler frequency and the Doppler spectral width are estimated based on fitting the azimuth spectral profile of the data to the antenna model taking into account additive noise, aliasing, and sideband effects. The Doppler frequency provided in the product is the pure Doppler frequency estimated from the SLC data without correcting for geometry and mispointing errors.

Sentinel 1B was launched on 25th April 2016 and provides continuous all-weather, day and night imaging radar data. These data are available via CEDA to any registered CEDA user.

Citable as:  Copernicus; European Space Agency (2023): Sentinel 1B C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): Wave (WV) mode Ocean (OCN) Level 2 data, Instrument Processing Facility (IPF) v2. NERC EDS Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Sentinel, radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar, SAR, Wave, WV, OCN


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Data collected and prepared by European Space Agency (ESA). Downloaded from the Collaborative Hub for use by CEDA users.

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Data are as given by the data provider, no quality control has been performed by the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA).
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Data are provided in SAFE format. With the data products inside the SAFE zip in NetCDF.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

Sentinel 1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Deployed on: Sentinel 1B

Computation Element: 1

Title Level 1 processing algorithm applied to Sentinel 1 raw data, Instrument Processing Facility (IPF) v2
Abstract This computation involves the Level 1 processing algorithm applied to raw Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. This consists of Level 1 preprocessing, special handling for TOPSAR mode, Doppler centroid estimation, Level 1 Single Look Complex (SLC) processing algorithms and Level 1 post-processing to generate the output Single Look Complex (SLC) and Ground Range Detected (GRD) products as well as quicklook images. Level-1 Single Look Complex (SLC) products consist of focused SAR data, geo-referenced using orbit and attitude data from the satellite, and provided in slant-range geometry. Slant range is the natural radar range observation coordinate, defined as the line-of-sight from the radar to each reflecting object. The products are in zero-Doppler orientation where each row of pixels represents points along a line perpendicular to the sub-satellite track. The products include a single look in each dimension using the full available signal bandwidth and complex samples (real and imaginary) preserving the phase information. The products have been geo-referenced using the orbit and attitude data from the satellite and have been corrected for azimuth bi-static delay, elevation antenna pattern and range spreading loss. For more information on the changes for this processing version please see the Sentinel 1 document libary under the docs tab.
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