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Enhancing Situational Awareness with SAR Data


The use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data has become increasingly popular due to its many advantages, such as its ability to capture data day or night and see through clouds. For these reasons and many others, SAR data has been embraced by defense and intelligence organizations worldwide.

Typical D&I Applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)


Launches of numerous SmallSats or MicroSats with SAR sensors also means that target areas can be frequented with very high revisit rates. Advanced capabilities and software technologies that can manage, analyze, and transform SAR data into actionable intelligence and quickly disseminate it, hold the promise of tactical and strategic advantage.

If you are interested in the benefits of using SAR data for GEOINT applications, I highly recommend reading a whitepaper that was recently written by Dr. Dipak Paudyal, Chief Scientist & Managing Director of APAC Geospatial. The whitepaper answers questions such as, “how do I get started working with SAR data?,” “What types of objects and materials can I detect?,” and “What are the most common defense and intelligence scenarios for working with SAR data?” Some of the scenarios covered in this whitepaper include:

• Locating specific targets of interest
• Tracking the movement of targets
• Monitoring land displacement from environmental and human activities

Other caveats and tips are provided for working with SAR data in ENVI® SARscape® – the software used by defense and intelligence analysts to process and analyze SAR data.