The Canadian Space Agency and RADARSAT International (RSI), the commercial distributor of RADARSAT-1 data, provide access to RADARSAT-1 imagery for research purposes at an affordable price. The RADARSAT Data for Research Use (DRU) Program invites all researchers to submit proposals for studies in diverse fields: cartography, ice studies, hydrology, oceanography, forestry, mineral and oil exploration, and agriculture. There is no time restriction
for submitting proposals for this is an ongoing program. The data request may be fulfilled by means of either a new acquisition or through the RADARSAT-1 data archives. A maximum of five (5) images is allowed per project. Proposals are evaluated from the standpoint of methodology, scientific merit, data requirements, and promotional value. The DRU Program
has provided many investigators with RADARSAT-1 images for a variety of land and sea applications. Details of this research initiative as well as the procedure for proposal preparation and submission can be found in “RADARSAT-1 Data for Research Use” (rsatres.pdf).
For any proposal, the data request may be fulfilled by means of either a new acquisition or through the RADARSAT-1 data archives. The data requirement should include a number of images (maximum of 5), the acquisition period and the beam mode. Data requests for interferometric applications are not applicable within this Program. The use of archive data is however encouraged.
Evaluation of Proposals
The proposals are evaluated from the standpoint of the following elements:
- Scientific merit
- Data requirements
- Availability of funding
- Potential for operational development
- Market potential
- Promotional value