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TitleMeeting Canadian user needs with the RADARSAT Constellation Mission's compact polarimetry mode: a summary assessment
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorCharbonneau, F; Arkett, M; Brisco, B; Buckley, J; Chen, HORCID logo; Goodenough, D GORCID logo; Liu, C; McNairn, H; Poitevin, J; Shang, J; Toutin, T; Touzi, R; Vachon, P W; van der Sanden, J JORCID logo
SourceGeomatics Canada, Open File 34, 2017, 78 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsgeophysics; soils science; remote sensing; satellites; satellite imagery; radar methods; radar imagery; computer simulations; soils; soil moisture; oceanography; sea ice; icebergs; wetlands; environmental analysis; petroleum resources; oil slicks; monitoring; Agriculture; Forestry
Illustrationstables; schematic diagrams; sketch maps; flow diagrams; satellite images; graphs; plots; photographs; bar graphs; 3-D images
ProgramRemote Sensing Science
Released2017 06 13
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This report summarizes the scope, research and results of a 2011-2015 interdepartmental study on the evaluation and development of applications using the new Compact Polarimetry (CP) configuration as part of Canada's future RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). The three-satellite constellation will provide at least daily monitoring of Canada's land and coastal waterways. Supported by the Canadian Space Agency, the team of more than 20 scientists and researchers studied 13 different themes and ultimately recommended that compact polarimetry be adopted as the default satellite mode for broad area terrestrial and marine surveillance. This collaboration has been instrumental to the operational readiness of federal users for the launch of the RCM in 2018.

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