As part of its Disaster Watch Program, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)is undertaking the initiative of sending out E-mail notices to the individuals and organizations interested in knowing about RADARSAT-1 coverage of natural or human-made disasters, which occur almost daily around the world. The objective of this notice, to be entitled “CSA RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch”, is to inform the potential users in a timely manner of the valuable space-based data and information that is available, and which may assist in coping with these disasters and mitigating their effects.
Through the “CSA RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch” notice, information can be received concerning all of the RADARSAT-1 images that have been acquired under the Disaster Watch Program. This information includes:
the part of the world which was imaged (which city, country, sea, etc…)
the type of disaster that occurred there (i.e.: volcano eruption, wildland fire etc…)
the date and time each image was acquired
the RADARSAT-1beam mode that was used to image the area
the RADARSAT-1cycle that the satellite was in at the time of acquisition
the RADARSAT-1orbit that the satellite was in at the time of acquisition
the duration of the acquisition (corresponds to how much of the area was imaged at that time)
whether the image was downlinked in real time or stored on the onboard recorder until the satellite was within a range of a receiving station
Some of the images mentioned in the “CSARADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch” notice will have been acquired as part of the”Space and Major Disasters” international charter. Visit the Charter the following address:
Any such images will be identified in both the e-mailand in our Disaster Watch Archive. Please note that an Email will be received only on those days that data has been acquired under the Disaster Watch Program.
The RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch Archive is a large, searchable database containing data acquired under the Disaster Watch Program. Interested users are invited to explore this tool by visiting our website at the following address:
Information is given here how RADARSAT-1 data can be ordered. In order to be included as part of the CSA RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch distribution list contact Disaster Watch by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.