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L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar: Current and future applications to Earth sciences

Earth, Planets and Space welcomes submissions to the special issue on 'L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar: Current and future applications to Earth sciences'.

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a powerful tool for imaging Earth's surfaceas it works day and night and regardless of the presence of clouds. SAR images taken from L-band SAR satellites complement those taken from satellites at shorter wavelengths such as C-band and X-band – L-band images have less resolution than C- and X-band images, but are more coherent over time, especially in vegetated regions. L-band data is typically easier to unwrap (higher coherence and fewer fringes), but more susceptible to effects of the ionosphere.

L-band SAR satellites include JERS-1 (1992-1998), ALOS (2006-2011), ALOS-2 (2014-present), which have recurrence time of order a few weeks.  Such recurrence times do not allow monitoring with high temporal resolution. However, after the launch of ALOS-4, NISAR, Tandem-L, and SAOCOM in the next few years, we will be able to monitor Earth's surface every few days with L-band SAR. Therefore, now is a good time to review what we have learned from previous and ongoing L-band missions (space-based and airborne) and what we expect to learn from future missions.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions on various aspects of the use of L-band SAR data in Earth Science including, but not limited to, tectonics, volcanology, glaciology, and forestry. We do not accept purely review papers; a contribution must be an original paper.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Tectonic deformation
  • Volcano deformation
  • Glacier motion
  • Detection of various hazards e.g., earthquake rupture, volcanic pyroclastic flows, flooding, landslide, Temporal changes in forest

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for  Earth, Planets and Space. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the  Earth, Planets and Space submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct special issue please select the appropriate special issue in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the special issue on 'L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar: Current and future applications to Earth sciences'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2019

Lead Guest Editor

Yosuke Aoki, University of Tokyo, Japan

Guest Editors

Masato Furuya, Hokkaido University, Japan
Francesco De Zan, DLR, Germany
Marie-Pierre Doin, University Grenoble Alpes, France
Michael Eineder, DLR, Germany
Masato Ohki, JAXA, Japan
Mark Simons, Caltech, USA
Tim Wright, University Leeds, UK

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