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Broadview radar altimetry toolbox

Albert Garcia-Mondejar (isardSAT Ltd., United Kingdom)


Roger Escolà (isardSAT Ltd., United Kingdom); Gorka Moyano (isardSAT Ltd., United Kingdom); Mònica Roca (isardSAT Ltd., United Kingdom); Miguel Terra- Homem (DEIMOS Engenharia, Portugal); Ana Friaças (DEIMOS Engenharia, Portugal); Fernando Martinho (DEIMOS Engenharia, Portugal); Ernst Schrama (TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Netherlands); Marc Naeije (TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Netherlands); Marco Restano (Serco / ESRIN, Italy); Americo Ambrozio (DEIMOS / ESRIN, Italy); Jérôme Benveniste (ESA / ESRIN, Italy)

Event: 2017 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Outreach, Education and Altimetric Data Services

Presentation type: Type Poster

Contribution: PDF file


The universal altimetry toolbox BRAT (Broadview Radar Altimetry Toolbox) is a collection of tools and tutorial documents designed to facilitate the processing of radar altimetry data. It can read all previous and current altimetry missions’ data. It now incorporates the capability to read the upcoming Sentinel-3 L1 and L2 products. ESA endeavoured to develop and supply this new capability to support the users of the Sentinel-3 mission.
The toolbox is freely available at http://earth.esa.int/brat. The BRAT suite is mostly made of command line tools, of which the BratGUI is the front-end. BRAT can be used in conjunction with MATLAB/IDL (via reading routines) or C/C++/Python/Fortran via a programming API, allowing users to obtain the desired data, bypassing the data-formatting hassle. BRAT can also be used to simply visualise data quickly or to translate the data into other formats such as NetCDF, ASCII text files, KML (Google Earth) and raster images from the data (JPEG, PNG, etc.).
Several kinds of computations can be done within BRAT, involving both user defined combinations of data fields that can be saved for posterior use and the BRAT’s predefined formulas from oceanographic altimetry. BRAT also includes the Radar Altimeter Tutorial, which contains an extensive introduction to altimetry, showing its applications in different fields. Use cases are also available, with step-by-step examples, covering the toolbox usage in the different contexts.

Poster show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Concerto Ballroom Thu, Oct 26 2017,14:00 Thu, Oct 26 2017,18:00
Albert Garcia-Mondejar
isardSAT Ltd.
United Kingdom