The geophysical processor system: Automated analysis of ERS-1 SAR imageryThe Geophysical Processor System (GPS) at the Alaska (U.S.) SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Facility (ASF) uses ERS-1 SAR images as input to generate three types of products: sea ice motion, sea ice type, and ocean wave spectra. The GPS, operating automatically with minimal human intervention, delivers its output to the Archive and Catalog System (ACS) where scientists can search and order the products on line. The GPS has generated more than 10,000 products since it became operational in Feb. 1992, and continues to deliver 500 new products per month to the ACS. These products cover the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and the western portion of the central Arctic Ocean. More geophysical processing systems are needed to handle the large volumes of data from current and future satellites. Images must be routinely and consistently analyzed to yield useful information for scientists. The current GPS is a good, working prototype on the way to more sophisticated systems.
Stern, Harry L. (Washington Univ. Seattle., United States)
Rothrock, D. Andrew (Washington Univ. Seattle., United States)
Kwok, Ronald (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Holt, Benjamin (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1994
Publication: ESA, Proceedings of the Second ERS-1 Symposium on Space at the Service of Our Environment, Volume 1