Maritime Surveillance

Disaster Mitigation

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities
  • Regular collection of data to support all aspects of risk assessment and disaster planning.
  • Interferometric SAR analysis over large areas to detect shifting infrastructure.
  • Reducing the risk of disasters.
  • Preventing catastrophes such as oil pipeline ruptures and building colapses.
  • Predicting hurricanes and cyclones.
  • Predicting flooding.
  • Predicting drought and forest fires.

InSar is a long-established and proven technique for mapping technique for mapping and monitoring subtle, 1 centimeter and smaller, changes in surface position, whether it be vertical movement of the surgace or structural movement through subsidence.

RADARSAT-1 Fine Mode Image of the pipeline tracks


Disaster Warning

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities
  • Predicting flash floods through InSAR analysis of snow accumulating and melt.
  • Wind speed and direction for hurricane monitoring.
  • Soil moisture and land cover information for drought and forest fires.
  • Improved forecasts for severe weather such as heavy rain or snow events, hail, tornadoes, damaging waves, and storm surge.
  • Reducing loss of life and property from natural and technological disasters.
  • Ability to issue advance warning.

RADARSAT-1 contributes to international hurricane monitoring through the Hurricane Watch program, whick is systematically acquires images of hurricanes whenever possible.

Disaster Response

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities
  • Timely, up-to-date situational awareness in areas affected by disasters in support of search and rescue operations.
  • Generating wide area coverage to map the extent of large flooded areas.
  • Wildfire mapping during fire.
  • Ability to make high-profile international contribution to organizations such as International Charter "Space and Major Disasters".
  • Reduced loss of life and reduced cost of disaster management.
  • More efficient allocation of resources during response.

RADARSAT-1 data has been successfully used worldwide to support disaster response efforts during events such as flooding, oil spills, volcanic eruptions and severe storms.

Disaster Recovery and Assessment

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities

Timely, up-to-date situational awareness in areas affected by disasters in support of recovery and assessment activities.

  • Effective use and deployment of critical resources.
  • Faster damage assessment.

"Until the November 95 launch of RADARSAT, no affordable, reliable data source existed which could provide synoptic information for monitoring flood extent."

S. Patersohn, T. Pultz, R. Saper and Y. Crevier