Summaries & Recommendations from POLinSAR 2007 & 2009
Workshop Presentations
Author Instructions
Scientific Committee
Organising Committee
Abstract submission
ESA Specific Links
POLinSAR Flyer


The Summaries and Recommendations 2009 are now available to download (from the link "Summaries & Recommendations from POLinSAR 2007 & 2009" on the left hand menu of the page).

The presentations are now available to download (from the link "Workshop Presentations" on the left hand menu of the page).


The European Space Agency organised POLinSAR 2009, the 4th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, which was hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on 26-30 January 2009


The Workshop was open to ESA Principal Investigators, scientists and students 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 were to

  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange and to initiate and encourage close collaboration between individual research groups
  • Exploitation of spaceborne missions
  • Present new results from the latest studies in the field and to assess the state-of-the-art
  • Present polarimetric and interferometric results from ALOS PALSAR, RADARSAT-2 and TerraSAR-X
  • Assess the available Pol-InSAR tools and datasets
  • Review the bio-geophysical parameters that can be retrieved and their accuracy
  • Make recommendations for algorithm development and new products, future missions and applications
  • Report on progress/status of recommendations of PolInSAR 2007

The workshop focused on theory and methods in the fields of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry around the following theme

1. SAR Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR)

2. Theoretical Modelling

3. Applications of SAR Polarimetry

  • Land: Forest, Agriculture, Environment (Urban, global change, land cover), Wetlands
  • Ocean: Pollution Monitoring, Ship detection, Ocean Parameters Retrieval, Sea Features
  • Cryosphere: Snow, Land Ice and Sea Ice Monitoring
  • Hazards: Fire Monitoring, Volcanoes, Flooding, Earthquake

4. Polarimetry and Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI)

5. Compact Polarimetry

6. ALOS PALSAR, TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT-2, COSMO-SkyMed results

7. Future Spaceborne missions for Pol-InSAR

8. Airborne Pol-InSAR campaigns


The workshop was organised around:

  • Papers and posters selected by the Scientific Committee
  • Invited papers (ESA studies)
  • Round table discussions seeded with questions prepared by the Scientific Committee and ESA
  • Demonstration of software tools
  • Workshop proceedings published by ESA


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