POLinSAR 2009

26 Jan - 30 Jan 2009

ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, Italy


The POLinSAR 2009 workshop focused on theory and methods in the fields of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry around the following themes:

  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 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


Day 1, Monday 26 January 2009 (71,2 MB)

Day 2, Tuesday 27 January 2009 (98,0 MB)

Day 3, Wednesday 28 January 2009 (81,8 MB)

Day 4, Thursday 29 January 2009 (42,6 MB)

Sorted Recommendations from POLinSAR 2009 (41 KB)

Combined Summaries and Recommendations from POLinSAR 2009 (108 KB)