The atomic and electronic structure of 4H-SiC(1 1 02) surfaces were investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and photoemission (PES). Two well ordered phases existing on this surface, i.e. (2×1) and c(2×2) are discussed. The (2×1) phase consists of a Si adlayer which is topped by an array of ordered Si-nanowires with electronic states confined to one dimension. For the c(2×2) phase STM indicates the presence of adatoms and PES a surface composition close to bulk SiC stoichiometry. A detailed atomic model for this c(2×2) phase is proposed.