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The European Space Agency has awarded, in the framework of the General Studies Programme, two studies on the benefits of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (POL-inSAR) for applications development. The successful launch of the Envisat ASAR in March 2002 is demonstrating the interest of multipolarisation for new applications development.

In this context, the POL-INSAR Workshop was hosted by ESA and held at ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, from 14 to 16 January 2003. Photos of the conference are available here.


The Workshop is open to ESA Principal Investigators and scientists working in the field of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry (POL-inSAR), and to representatives from national, European and international space agencies.


The main objectives of the workshop are to:

      Provide a forum for scientific exchange
      Present new results from European studies in the field
      Present the geophysical parameters that can be retrieved and their accuracy
      Assess the available POL-inSAR tools and data sets
      Demonstrate the latest techniques
      Assess the state of the art in the field
      Make recommendations for algorithm development and new products
      Formulate recommendations for future missions and applications


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