An University Educational Experience by means of ESA Software and Data

Maurizio Migliaccio(1) , Attilio Gambardella(2) , and Massimo Tranfaglia(3)

(1) Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”, via Acton 38, 80133, Napoli, Italy
(2) Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Piazza D’Armi 19, 09123, Cagliari, Italy
(3) Università degli Studi del Sannio, Palazzo Bosco Lucarelli – Garibaldi 107, 82100 Benevento, Italy


In this paper a scientific/educational use of software and SAR data made available by ESA within the VECTRA project is presented. Antarctica and Greenland are the focal points of international groups co-operating in the VECTRA project. The microwave remote sensing, namely the synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is of great relevance to study the dynamic changes of the Antarctic ecosystem. For this project a large amount of SAR data was made available by ESA under to exploit this valuable remote sensing data in order to obtain additional and more accurate information for these regions. At Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope” formerly Istituto Universitario Navale it has been established the elder microwave remote sensing course in Italy which in recent years has been followed by 50 students per year. Making benefits of the participation in VECTRA project and of the scientific activities at Labotatorio di Telerilevamento Ambientale, an educational/scientific project involving bachelor and master student has been undertaken. The students have trained with the BEST free software tool, developed by the ESA, and have learnt to extract visually important geophysical information. Further they have developed and used some filter to objectively analyze the data. The first student who have participated to the project have been eager to learn by the MW microwave remote sensing by this laboratory experience.



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