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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.
The main objective of HydroSoil was to demonstrate the retrieval of soil moisture and vegetation parameters in an agricultural field under controlled conditions using a ground-based fully-polarimetric SAR instrument (GB-PolSAR).
The main objective of “BorealScat – Technical Assistance for the Deployment of a Tower-based Radar and Geophysical Measurements during the BorealScat Experiment” was to characterise and quantify the temporal variations of radar observations of a forest stand over timescales ranging from seconds to years and to investigate the effects of environmental variables.
The main objective of “SARSimHT – Airborne SAR experiment to simulate Hydroterra data” was to demonstrate the image formation process of Hydroterra through the exploitation of a repeat-pass hyper-temporal airborne SAR image stack acquired over short time intervals representative of the Hydroterra mission.
The SnowSum experiment is designed to support the development of future concepts to monitor the cryosphere.
The SARSense campaign in the Jülich area (Germany) in summer 2019 was performed to support the ESA Copernicus high priority mission ROSE-L.
In preparation of the Earth Explorer 9 FORUM mission, a new facility named FIRMOS (Far-Infrared Radiation Mobile Observation System) has been developed for field applications from both ground-based and airborne platforms to check with real measurements the sounding capability provided by FIR observations.
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.
The objectives the WindVal III campaign were derived from results, experience and lessons learnt of the last airborne campaigns in 2009, 2015 and 2016.
Sentinel-3 OLCI Tandem 2018
In 2018, a tandem campaign was conducted between the Sentinel-3A and 3B satellites to help test the future FLEX mission.
The aim of this study was to perform Gravity Wave (GW) observations with the airborne IRLI GLORIA on board of HALO. In this way for a first time 3-D tomographic reconstructions of mesoscale GW events in the lower stratosphere were taken.
The main scientific objectives of EPATAN 2016 (Earthcare PrepAraTion cAmpaigN) were derived from the scientific objectives of EarthCARE.
This campaign covers the fields of atmospheric composition: NO2, SO2, aerosols, over Romania (Bucharest and Turceni) and Germany (Berlin).
The objectives for the WindVal II campaign in 2016 were derived from the results, experience and lessons learnt from these last airborne campaigns in 2009 and 2015.
SoyFLEX II 2016
The SoyFLEX II experiment was a repetition of an experiment that took place during the 2015 campaign in Germany.
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.
The objectives of the WindVal 1 campaign in 2015 were derived from results, experience and lessons learnt from the previous airborne campaign in 2009.
In this project an Airborne Wind Vector Scatterometer (AWVS) system was designed and built for measurements of sea surface backscattering from an aircraft.
SoyFLEX 2015 took place over the agricultural area around Jülich, Germany and Rzecin wetland site, Poland
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.
The ESA CHARADMExp campaign focuses on marine and marine-dust aerosol mixture characterisation.