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Alaska SAR Demonstration
(AKDEMO)

  The AKDEMO is a near-real-time applications demonstration in which synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and SAR-derived products are provided to U.S. Government agencies for evaluation purposes. Some of these products are available to the general public, when permitted under existing data agreements with the foreign satellite data providers. SAR-derived products include high-resolution winds, vessel positions, and ice masks. The main areas of interest are the Bering Sea, Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, and the Gulf of Alaska, in general within the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) station mask.
    This demonstration began in the fall of 1999, with the following goals:
(1) validate and test prototype SAR products that respond to critical needs not satisfied with present satellite data products in the Alaska region
(2) provide SAR imagery and derived products in near-real-time via the Internet for trial use by operational agencies; and
(3) provide educational and training materials to SAR data users to aid in the interpretation of SAR data and in informed use of SAR-derived products. 

 


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