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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

Sonar Acoustic Research and Development Software

Included:
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
Highlights:
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, UAVSAR

Supported Formats

NITF, GeoTIFF, JPEG2000, NetCDF, HDFSRTM, ASTER GDEM, ACE, USGSDEM, CDED, DTED and many more