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CAMPAIGNS

Learn about the ground-based, ship-borne, balloon-borne, and airborne campaigns and small satellite field experiments that validate orbiting ESA EO satellites and support future mission development.

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  • Campaign

    SARSense 2019 2019

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    SARSense 2019

    The SARSense campaign in the Jülich area (Germany) in summer 2019 was performed to support the ESA Copernicus high priority mission ROSE-L.

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    CryoVex KAREN Antarctica 2017 2018 2017 - 2018

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    CryoVex KAREN Antarctica 2017 2018

    ESA’s CryoVEx/Karen 2017‐18 campaign took place in Antarctica in from Dec 2017 to Jan 2018. The campaign was composed of an airborne and in‐situ campaign and acquired extensive data sets of scanning lidar, Ku‐ and Ka‐band nadir‐looking radar, and auxiliary imagery for validation of the ESA CryoSat‐2 satellite (Ku‐band radar altimetry) and the French‐Indian AltiKa mission (Ka‐band radar altimetry).

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    BelSAR Campaign 2018 2018

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    BelSAR Campaign 2018

    The BelSAR project intended to carry out an airborne campaign for SAR bistatic interferometric measurements at L-band and full polarization, over a test site in Belgium.

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    CryoVex KAREN 2017 2017

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    CryoVex KAREN 2017

    The CryoVex-KAREN 2017 Campaign in the Arctic had the goal to collect unique measurements to help us better understand how sea ice is changing.

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    AfriScat 2015 - 2016

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    AfriScat

    AfriScat campaign, a follow on to TropiSCAT campaign, was to acquire long-term P-Band radar data in an African tropical forest.

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    CryoVex KAREN 2016 Fall 2016

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    CryoVex KAREN 2016 Fall

    The CryoVex-KAREN 2016 Fall Campaign in Ilulissat, Greenland had the goal to collect unique measurements to help us better understand how snow and ice on the Greenland ice sheet is changing over time, and help ESA design future space missions to monitor the changing climate in our polar regions.

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    AfriSAR 2016 2016

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    AfriSAR 2016

    In order to further support the BIOMASS mission development, especially concerning the mission concept verification and the development of geophysical algorithms, ESA funded the AfriSAR campaign.

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    AfriSAR 2015 2015

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    AfriSAR 2015

    During the AfriSAR 2015 campaign, shared between ONERA (dry season, July 2015) and DLR (wet season 2016), Pol-InSAR and TomoSAR airborne data set were collected over four test sites over Africa, therefore covering different forest structures.

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    SoyFLEX 2015 2015

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    SoyFLEX 2015

    SoyFLEX 2015 took place over the agricultural area around Jülich, Germany and Rzecin wetland site, Poland

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    FLEX EU 2014 2014

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    FLEX EU 2014

    The FLEX-EU Campaign was carried out in 2014 over an agricultural area around Jülich, Germany, Latisana, Italy and forest sites in Czech Republic

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    FLEX-US 2013

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    FLEX-US

    The primary goal of the 2013 joint ESA/NASA airborne campaign was to record an unprecedented FLEX-like dataset containing maps of sun-induced fluorescence, hyperspectral reflectance, surface temperature, and canopy structure.

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    SEN2EXP 2013

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    SEN2EXP

    In this campaign, the data gap for broad leaf forests is addressed as suitable reference datasets of sufficient quality do not exist.

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    HYFLEX 2012

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    HYFLEX

    This HYFLEX campaign aimed to deliver maps of sun-induced fluorescence recorded from airborne measurements using the approaches of the spaceborne FLEX mission.

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    KaSAR 2012

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    KaSAR

    The KaSAR-2012 campaign explored the backscattering behaviour of a large variety of targets with incidence angle.

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    ROVE (1975-1981) 2012

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    ROVE (1975-1981)

    The Dutch research team ROVE (Radar Observation on Vegetation), funded by the remote sensing organization NIWARS, started in 1974 to investigate the scattering of microwaves by crops and soils, in order to help interpretation of radar imagery.

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    TropiScat 2011 - 2012

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    TropiScat

    The major objectives of the experiment were the temporal survey of the variation of the measurements in time scales ranging from diurnal, weekly, monthly, up to 12 months of observation.

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    BioSAR-3 2010

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    BioSAR-3

    The BioSAR-3 (BioSAR 2010) campaign was specifically planned and implemented to investigate possibilities for a future spaceborne P-band polarimetric and interferometric SAR with a life-time of multiple years.

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    CoSMOS 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 2005 - 2010

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    CoSMOS 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010

    The Campaign for Validating the Operation of SMOS (coSMOS) was designed to acquire SMOS-like data so that the algorithms were fine-tuned and properly validated before the launch of SMOS mission in 2007.

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    TropiSAR 2009

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    TropiSAR

    The TropiSAR campaign objectives were the evaluation of P-Band radar imaging over tropical forests for biomass and forest height estimation.

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    SEN3EXP 2009

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    SEN3EXP

    The main objective of Sen3Exp (Sentinel-3 Experimental Campaign) was to provide a comprehensive dataset that covers all Sentinel-3 OLCI and SLSTR bands that is to be used for the algorithm prototype and ground segment processor development.