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VH-RODA 2021 workshop

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18 Feb 2021

The Very High-resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) 2021 workshop will take place from 20 to 23 April 2021 and will be held virtually. The workshop will provide a virtual open forum (new space, commercial and institutional) for the presentation and discussion of current status and future developments related to the calibration and validation of spaceborne very high-resolution SAR and optical sensors and data products.

There are a growing number of public and commercial providers of high resolution (i.e. better than 10 metres) spaceborne Earth Observation data. Key to using data from these new sources is a good understanding of their characteristics, how they are calibrated, and their quality and technical capabilities.

The VH-RODA 2021 workshop will address the quality and capability of very high-resolution SAR and optical instruments from public and commercial remote sensing platforms. It will be structured and will focus on the continuative comparison and dialogue between the SAR and Optical communities, and Institutional and Commercial communities, on the methodologies related to data quality and products validation, instrument calibration and characterisation strategies, applications of Artificial Intelligence for Calibration/Validation and data processing, ground-based infrastructures, and calibration networks. This event is planned as a technical forum for discussing remote sensing systems and the data quality, calibration and product validation challenges they face. It will also provide the opportunity for exchanging knowledge among highly specialised entities, ranging from satellite operators to instrument technical teams and product validation institutions.

The VH-RODA workshop is part of ESA's continuing commitment to remote sensing technology as an important tool in providing information to address critical science and societal matters.

Workshop Topics

  • Calibration Techniques (requirements, definitions, database, methodologies)
  • Calibration Sites and Techniques (cross-Calibration/Validation, intercalibration, field campaigns, Fiducial Reference Measurements)
  • Analysis Ready Data, DEM
  • Calibration of Future Missions (Innovative instrument concepts)
  • Quality Control, Best Practice, Product Validation
  • Processing and Algorithms (including Artificial Intelligence for Calibration/Validation)

Registration deadline: 15 April 2021