RSTB - RADARSAT-2 SAR Toolbox
The ability to read, visualize and process all modes and products for RADARSAT-2
Terrain Correction and Radiometric Normalization of RADARSAT-2 products
Co-registration of Quad-Pol RADARSAT-2 products
|Polarimetric Decomposition and Exploitation Tools||Polarimetric speckle filtering|
|Differential Interferometric Tools||Data Fusion with data products from other missions|
|Searchable Product Database||Enhanced Labeling and Reporting Tools|
|Simplified Wizards for Novice Users|
|Built on top of the NEST Framework||Polarimetric Classification and Analysis|
Array was awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) under the Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP) to develop an Open Source RADARSAT-2 Toolbox (RSTB).
The primary objective of the project was to develop an Open Source RADARSAT-2 specific toolbox for processing, visualising and analyzing of RADARSAT-2 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) products. Having the RSTB available encourage government organization, industry and academia to maximize their utilization of RADARSAT-2 to produce more scientific research and applications.
The project was in collaboration with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) to enhance their RADARSAT-2 analysis capabilities. Together, the project hoped to cooperate with and support some of the largest users of RADARSAT-2 data.
The RADARSAT-2 Toolbox (RSTB) was built using the Application Programming Interface (API) of the Next ESA SAR Toolbox (NEST). NEST is a user-friendly application for reading, post-processing, analysing and visualising the large archive of data (from Level 1) from ESA SAR missions including ERS-1 & 2, ENVISAT and in the future Sentinel-1. In addition, NEST supports handling of products from third party missions including JERS-1, ALOS PALSAR, TerraSAR-X,
NEST did not provide tools for handling polarimetric data. In addition, NEST did not focus on RADARSAT-2 products. RSTB provided a suite of tools for processing polarimetric data. RSTB also added to the interferometric tools of NEST. RSTB was tested against all types of RADARSAT-2 products and in particular made use of several multi-temporal stacks of polarimetric RADARSAT-2 products over different parts of Canada. Usability was also improved through the development of a searchable product database, enhanced labelling and reporting tools and wizards.Supported Missions
RADARSAT2 incl. NITF, TerraSARX, Cosmo-Skymed, ENVISAT, ERS1&2, ALOS, UAVSARSupported Formats
NITF, GeoTIFF, JPEG2000, NetCDF, HDFSRTM, ASTER GDEM, ACE, USGSDEM, CDED, DTED and many more