The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission

  title={The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission},
  author={Tom G. Farr and Paul A. Rosen and Edward R. Caro and Robert Crippen and Riley M. Duren and Scott Hensley and Michael Kobrick and Mimi Paller and Ernesto Rodr{\'i}guez and Ladislav Roth and David A. Seal and Scott J. Shaffer and Joanne Shimada and Jeffrey W. Umland and Marian Werner and Michael E. Oskin and Douglas W. Burbank and Douglas E. Alsdorf},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission produced the most complete, highest‐resolution digital elevation model of the Earth. The project was a joint endeavor of NASA, the National Geospatial‐Intelligence Agency, and the German and Italian Space Agencies and flew in February 2000. It used dual radar antennas to acquire interferometric radar data, processed to digital topographic data at 1 arc sec resolution. Details of the development, flight operations, data processing, and products are provided… 

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Quality assessment of digital surface models derived from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)

  • A. KochC. Heipke
  • Mathematics, Environmental Science
    IGARSS 2001. Scanning the Present and Resolving the Future. Proceedings. IEEE 2001 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (Cat. No.01CH37217)
  • 2001
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Requirements for an L-band SAR-mission for global monitoring of tectonic activities

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LiCSAR: An Automatic InSAR Tool for Measuring and Monitoring Tectonic and Volcanic Activity

LiCSAR is an operational system built for large-scale interferometric processing of Sentinel-1 data, designed to automatically produce geocoded wrapped and unwrapped interferograms and coherence estimates, for large regions, at 0.001° resolution.



Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Mission Overview

  • M. Werner
  • Environmental Science, Mathematics
  • 2001
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Atmospheric limitations to repeat‐track radar interferometry

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Spaceborne Radar Remote Sensing: Applications and Techniques

  • C. Elachi
  • Mathematics, Environmental Science
  • 1987
The operation and applications of spaceborne radars for terrestrial and planetary remote sensing are described in an introduction for advanced students and practicing scientists. Chapters are devoted

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