Sentinel-1 SAR User Guide

Sentinel-1 SAR User Guide

The Sentinel-1 User Guide provides a high level description of the available instrument modes and products. It also covers an introduction to relevant application areas, information on data distribution, product formatting and software tools available from ESA.

The categories are:

  • Overview
    Gives a brief description of the mission, the data it acquires and its primary uses. 
  • Applications
    Describes the support of the SENTINEL-1 mission to three GMES application areas of maritime monitoring, land monitoring and emergency management, and provides a mapping from SENTINEL-1 product to application.
  • Acquisition Modes
    Describes the SENTINEL-1 acquisition modes of Stripmap, Interferometric Wide Swath, Extra Wide Swath, and Wave
  • Product Types and Processing Levels
    Describes the processing levels in which SENTINEL-1 products are provided - Level-0, Level-1, and Level-2
  • Resolutions
    Describes the resolutions available at each product level and type.
  • Revisit and Coverage
    Describes the revisit frequency and coverage provided by SENTINEL-1's primary modes.
  • Naming Conventions
    Describes the data naming conventions used for SENTINEL-1 product folders and files.
  • Data Formats
    Describes the SAFE data format that SENTINEL-1 products are distributed in and introduces the concept of product slices.
  • Software Tools
    Outlines NEST and PolSARPro software toolboxes for working with SENTINEL-1 data products.
  • Definitions
    Provides information on the terms used in the acquisition and processing of SENTINEL-1 products.

For an in-depth description of the mission's products and algorithms as well as details on the SAR instrument and its performance, please refer to the SENTINEL-1 Technical Guide. The detailed information available in the Technical Guide is focused upon users such as academics and industrial software engineers who have previous experience of similar EO missions and in-depth experience of data manipulation and management.

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