CLPX-Airborne: Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR) Imagery

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0153

Summary

Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR) is a side-looking imaging radar that is able to collect data irrespective of daylight or cloud cover. The AIRSAR instrument was operated in two modes over each Cold Land Processes Field Experiment (CLPX) Meso-cell Study Area (MSA). In the first mode (POLSAR), polarimetric radar data were collected at P-, L-, and C-bands. In the second mode (TOPSAR), cross-track interferometry data were collected at C-band and L-band. The CLPX AIRSAR mission flew on a DC-8 aircraft at 8 km altitude over the three MSAs at Rabbit Ears, North Park, and Fraser. 171 flight lines (87 TOPSAR and 84 POLSAR) were flown in February, March, and September of 2002 and in March 2003.

The NASA CLPX is a multi-sensor, multi-scale experiment that focuses on extending a local-scale understanding of water fluxes, storage, and transformations to regional and global scales. Within a framework of nested study areas in the central Rocky Mountains of the western United States, ranging from 1-ha to 160,000 km2, intensive ground, airborne, and spaceborne observations are collected. Data collection focuses on two seasons: mid-winter, when conditions are generally frozen and dry, and early spring, a transitional period when both frozen and thawed, dry and wet conditions are widespread.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 40.7°     S: 39.9°     E: -105.9°     W: -106.7°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Chapman, B. and J. Shi.
Dataset Title: CLPX-Airborne: Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR) Imagery
Dataset Release Date: 2004-11-29
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0153.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2002-02-19
Stop Date: 2002-02-24

Start Date: 2002-03-25
Stop Date: 2002-03-25

Start Date: 2002-09-17
Stop Date: 2002-09-17

Start Date: 2003-03-25
Stop Date: 2003-03-30

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA COLORADO, WYOMING
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

Science Keywords

  • Spectral/Engineering Radar Radar Imagery

Ancillary Keywords

  • AIRSAR
  • CLPX
  • DAAC
  • EOSDIS
  • interferometry
  • NASA
  • NSIDC-0153
  • NSIDC DAAC
  • POLSAR
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery
  • TOPSAR

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • AIRCRAFT

Instrument

  • AIRSAR Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar

Project

  • CLPX Cold Land Processes Field Experiment

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: CD-ROM
Distribution Size: 92.61 GB
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: CD-ROM
Distribution Size: 92.61 GB
Distribution Format: Geographic Tagged Image File Format (GeoTIFF) (.geotiff)

Personnel

William L Chapman
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: chapman@faldo.atmos.uiuc.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Illinois
  • Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • University of Illinois
  • 105 S. Gregory Avenue

City: Urbana
Province or State: IL
Postal Code: 61801

Jiancheng Shi
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • University of California
  • ICESS
  • ICESS, University of California

City: Santa Barbara
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 93106
Country: USA

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
CLPX Site

Reference

Lou, Yunling, Yunjin Kim, and Jakob van Zyl. The NASA/JPL Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar System. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

NASA/JPL Airsar Web Site. (http://airsar.jpl.nasa.gov/)

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2004-11-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-06-27

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