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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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    2016

    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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    2015 - 2016

    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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    2015

    AirScatterGNSS

    In this project an Airborne Wind Vector Scatterometer (AWVS) system was designed and built for measurements of sea surface backscattering from an aircraft.

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    2014

    AROMAT-I

    The main objective of this AROMAT-I campaign was to test newly developed airborne sensors and to evaluate their capabilities as validation tools for future air quality space borne sensors, in particular TROPOMI.

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    2015 - 2016

    AROMAT-II

    This campaign covers the fields of atmospheric composition: NO2, SO2, aerosols, over Romania (Bucharest and Turceni) and Germany (Berlin).

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    2005

    BACCHUS-DOC

    The BACCHUS-DOC Radar and Optical Campaign was an area mapping project of vineyards near Frascati (Italy). ESA required high resolution geo-referenced airborne SAR data of different wavelength and polarisation (preferably polarimetric).

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    2007

    BioSAR 2007

    The BioSAR campaign aimed to support geophysical algorithm development, calibration/validation and the simulation of future spaceborne Earth Observation missions.

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    2008

    BioSAR 2008

    The main objective of BioSAR-2 (BioSAR 2008) campaign was to record SAR data over boreal forests with topographic effects to investigate the effect on biomass retrieval.

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    2010

    BioSAR 2010

    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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    2004

    CryoVEx 2004

    CryoVex 2004 was the second combined airborne and surface campaign for the preparation of the CryoSat mission, after successful completion of CryoVex 2003 by DTU.

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    CryoVEx 2005

    CryoVEx 2005 was the third combined airborne and surface campaign for the preparation of the CryoSat mission. It followed the 2004 campaign, which first utilised the new ASIRAS radar.

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    2006

    CryoVEx 2006

    CryoSat Validation Experiment (CryoVEx) 2006 was carried out between 18 April and 18 May 2006 in the Arctic.

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    2007

    CryoVEx 2007

    Following the successful 2004, 2005 and 2006 campaigns, the CryoVEx2007 campaign took place in Svalbard from 15 to 25 April 2007.

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    2019

    CryoVEx ICESat-2 Summer 2019

    The ESA CryoVEx/ICESat‐2 summer campaign 2019 is an add‐on to the campaign carried out in the spring 2019, which did not cover all the flights that were planned due to weather obstacles.

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    2019

    CryoVex/ICESat-2 Spring 2019

    The ESA Spring CryoVEx/ICESat-2 campaign 2019 was the first CryoVEx campaign since the launch of NASA ICESat-2 in September 2018, and aimed at cross-validating ESA CryoSat-2 and NASA ICESat-2 missions over sea ice and land ice in the Arctic.

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    2004

    DOMEX-1

    The purpose of the DOMEX experiment was to acquire the first combined, in-situ microwave emission measurements using C- and L-band radiometers.

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    2009 - 2010

    PremierEX

    The campaign was based in the Arena Arctica in Kiruna (Sweden). The science campaign has addressed the science objectives and was part of the airborne campaign of the EU project RECONCILE.

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    2012

    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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    2019

    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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    2003

    TerraSARSIM

    The objectives of the TerraSAR SIM project were to quantify the impact of the time intervals between SAR acquisitions at different wavelengths on agricultural applications.

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