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UAVSAR – Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar

Friday, April 25, 2014

The L-band radar is on a month-long Central/South America deployment onboard the AFRC C 20 aircraft (NASA 502). Twenty science flights over 11 countries (including U.S.) are planned for research on volcanic deformation, forest structure, soil moisture, glacier motion, and coastal subsidence (see coverage map). Bases of operations include Panama City, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lima (Peru), Antofagasta (Chile), and Santiago (Chile).  Half way into the deployment, we have conducted nine flights imaging the Gulf Coast of Louisiana for coastal subsidence, volcanic deformation in Central America, Colombia, Peru, and Chile, as well as forest structure and soil moisture mapping in Peru.