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SARSense 2019


What was the purpose of SARSense

System installation on the C208 plane used for acquisitions.
System installation on the C208 plane used for acquisitions.

The SARSense campaign in the Jülich area (Germany) in summer 2019 was performed to support the ESA Copernicus high priority mission ROSE-L. Airborne SAR signals in C- and L-band, drone imagery, in situ soil and plant parameters, as well as biophysical variables in the lab were measured to provide a comprehensive data set to study details of the mission design for agricultural applications.

What was the outcome of SARSense

The main outcome of the dry summer example campaign is as follows:

  1. An L-band SAR monitoring in the Copernicus program will provide an added value to the existing C-band capacities of Sentinel-1
  2. Simultaneous C- and L-band observations may help to disentangle the different processes in the plant and the soil. Single frequency observations may tend to be misinterpreted.

Download SARSense final report

Campaign Summary
Data Coverage (Year)2019
Release DateNovember 2020
Geographic SiteTERENO Rur observatory with focus on the Selhausen Critical Zone Observatory (CZO), Germany
Field of Applicationagricultural monitoring services with target applications including soil moisture, irrigation management, crop type discrimination, forest type/forest cover, food security and precision farming
Dataset Size158 GB
LIDAR DataAvailable


Data Citation Users, who, in their research, use ESA Earth Observation data that have been assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), are asked to use it when citing the data source in their publications:

Digital Object Identifier: SARSense: Technical Assistance for Airborne Measurements during the SAR Sentinel Experiment,


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