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POLinSAR 2013


28 Jan - 1 Feb 2013

Frascati, Italy

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The European Space Agency organised the 6th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry,: POLinSAR 2013, which was hosted at ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy from 28 January to 1 February 2013.

The workshop was open to:

  • ESA Principal Investigators, scientists and students working in the field of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry
  • Users of data from future SAR missions including Copernicus Sentinel-1, RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), and ALOS 2
  • Representatives from national, European and international space and value adding industry

The main objectives of the PolInSAR 2013 workshop were to:

  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange
  • Present exploitation results from fully polarimetric airborne and spaceborne systems
  • Present latest studies in the field and ESA POLSARAP results
  • Report on progress/status of PolInSAR 2011 recommendations
  • Demonstrate benefits of fully polarimetric systems (vs. dual or single polarisation)
  • Present future missions in preparation
  • Present final PI results from ESA/CSA SOAR EU initiative

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

  1. Theoretical Modelling
  2. SAR Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR)
  3. Polarimetry and Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI)
  4. Polarimetry and Tomography
  5. Applications of SAR Polarimetry:
    • Land: Forest, Agriculture, Environment and 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
    • Other applications
  6. Past, current and future SAR Missions (e.g. RCM, Sentinel-1, ALOS-2, NovaSAR-S, SAOCOM7)
  7. Airborne and Spaceborne campaigns

Download the session summaries and recommendations following the workshop.