I’d like to go through the compatible of UAV SAR data topic and SNAP open source software once more, I went through all the related topics via this link Search results for 'UAV' - STEP Forum

My questions are:

Once the module of uploading UAV SAR data is available /Do you aware of any?

Is it possible to to use all the the other modules of processing other SAR resources to process the UAV data?

@ABraun and @marpet Would you please to help!

Many thanks.

Í think @jun_lu or @lveci can say something regarding your question.

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@marpet Thanks a lot for your response. I quite appreciate and wait the response of @jun_lu and

Hi @falahfakhri

Are you asking about the NASA airborne radar system called UAVSAR or another UAV system? The NASA UAVSAR data is free and open. The UAVSAR family has three different radar instruments that operate at L-band, P-band, and Ka-band. Most of the data is from the L-band instrument and the polarimetric data (full quad-polarization PolSAR) from the L-band UAVSAR is available in a few different formats from the NASA Alaska Satellite Facility ( All the data products, including repeat-pass interferometry from the L-band and P-band UAVSAR and single-pass interferometry from the Ka-band UAVSAR are available from the JPL website

I don’t know whether SNAP software supports any of the NASA UAVSAR data products. The NASA-JPL InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE) software supports UAVSAR products.


Hi Sir, Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. Frankly UAVSAR in my plan as well, BTW, I didn’t find any SLC product!

I also checked this website: Documents - UAVSAR

The second question is, Is amplitude product equal to multi-look complex?

Now coming back to my main question what I’m looking for is,

Is it possible to process any UAV SAR data using SNAP once the module of uploading the data is available?
In other words, once the images is uploaded is it possible to apply the modules of other SAR data for the specific UAV SAR?

The NASA UAVSAR products for the PolSAR data are provided as multi-look complex files for the original four polarizations and in a number of detected products that are amplitudes of specific polarizations such as HHHH or HVHV.

The full resolution SLC products for UAVSAR are huge, more than 20 GB for most lines, so they are not kept online. The UAVSAR L-band online SLC products are the coregistered SLC stacks that are cut into segments that are 50 km long. These can be processed with the ISCE2 stripmapStack workflow. There are also SLC products in the NISAR-like format HDF5 files that have been specially filtered to be at the NISAR resolution and radar bandwidth. These can also be processed with ISCE (version 2 or version 3). I don’t know if SNAP supports the NISAR format files yet.


Interesting, does ISCE2 have special coregistration functionality to deal with airborne data?

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No, the UAVSAR airborne data processing to make the PolSAR, Repeat-pass Interferometry, and SLC stack products is done with a different JPL software package that is not Open Source. Handling the airborne motion compensation is very different from spaceborne SAR. The UAVSAR SLC stacks have all the platform motion and topographic phase corrected and are in a common coordinate system that is the same as regular stripmap data, so the SLC stack products can be processed to interferograms with ISCE2.


Hi Marcus,

A registration step is required via the following link:

An ope source version is available in here. GitHub - isce-framework/isce2: InSAR Scientific Computing Environment version 2

Sorry Sir for my redundant questions,

How to create coherence in this case?

What is the recommended GRD for water body mapping post-processing?

When we run the UAVSAR SLC stack products through the ISCE2 stripmapStack workflow, one of the data products is the interferometric coherence in addition to the interferograms. Because the SLC stack is already precisely coregistered, it is very easy to calculate the interferograms and coherence.

In most places, you can use any polarization of the UAVSAR data to map water bodies, as the radar backscatter is very low in all polarizations. In a few places, there might be more radio frequency interference at certain polarizations, so the higher signal-to-noise ratio of the HHHH polarization Ground-range Detected (GRD) products are probably better.

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Dear Sir,
Sorry for my redundant questions, but I’d like to ask you about meaning of each item within the grd L band UAVSAR, I know it’s covariance matrix but I didn’t find any details. The following is the screenshot


And what kind of preprocess I could apply via SNAP.

@EJFielding Sir,

I found that you already answered this via other post, I’d like to posted here once more,

If you want to do polarimetric analysis, the ESA program PolSAR Pro is designed for this polarimetric analysis.

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