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ERS Enhanced Resolution Image Products

Images are made from ERS-1/2 data and use an h(x,y)=Hamming window measurement spatial response function with the SIR algorithm (a median filter is NOT used in producing the images). For highest possible spatial resolution, multiple orbit passes are combined. These are the 'all pass' images. Generally orbit passes of a given point on the Earth occur at nearly the same time of day. Because the AMI SAR and scatterometer modes are mutually exclusive, the resulting coverage gaps produce reduced quality images when the SAR mode is operated over the study area.

Images are produced in the BYU .SIR file format using the standard naming scheme. The files are gzipped to minimize storage and transfer requirements. The standard images are designed for land and ice observation and so are landmasked. However, .SIR format land mask files (containing 0 for ocean and 1 for land) are available for each standard region. .SIR format images containing "images" of the latitude and longitude of each pixel for each region are also available. The noiminal image pixel resolution is 8.9 km/pixel.

Further information is available in the ERS Enhanced Resolution Image Users Notes.

Available Image Classes
 
 
Orbit passes
Platform
all passes
ers1
(92-96)
ers2
(96-01)