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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 objective of WInd and Salinity Experiment 2001 (WISE 2001) campaign was to get more data points and better wind speed measurements.
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.
The TropiSAR campaign objectives were the evaluation of P-Band radar imaging over tropical forests for biomass and forest height estimation.
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.
ESA's SPectra bARrax Campaign (SPARC) activity was part of the preparatory study for a proposed ESA Earth Explorer mission called SPECTRA. The objective was to collect a CHRIS/PROBA reference dataset for SPECTRA-related studies.
SoyFLEX II 2016
The SoyFLEX II experiment was a repetition of an experiment that took place during the 2015 campaign in Germany.
SoyFLEX 2015 took place over the agricultural area around Jülich, Germany and Rzecin wetland site, Poland
The Solar Induced Fluorescence Experiment (SIFLEX) 2002 campaign was to understand whether solar-induced fluorescence measurements might someday be used to monitor and map the photochemical activity of boreal forests from space.
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.
SENtinel-2 and FLuorescence EXperiment (SEN2FLEX) campaign combines different activities in support of initiatives related both to fluorescence experiments and Sentinel-2 initiative for prototyping of resolutions to meet mission requirements.
In the SEN2EXP campaign, the data gap for broad leaf forests is addressed as suitable reference datasets of sufficient quality do not exist.
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 SARSense campaign in the Jülich area (Germany) in summer 2019 was performed to support the ESA Copernicus high priority mission ROSE-L.
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.
NoSREx-I -II and -III
The Nordic Snow Radar Experiment (NoSREx) took place between November 2009 and May 2010. The objective of the campaign was to provide a continuous time series of active and passive microwave observations of snow cover in a representative location.
The L-band Ocean Salinity Airborne Campaign (LOSAC) objective is to understand the nature of the wind driven signatures in order to evaluate if corrections are necessary prior to salinity estimations based on the radiometer signals.
To improve our knowledge of how best to measure ice thickness, the airborne Laser and Radar Altimeter campaign (LaRA) was carried out over the frozen expanses of northern Greenland.
ESA and Indonesian Ministry of Forest Study was a 2004 follow-up campaign to the INDREX project which was to generate a digital elevation model over a non-accessible region in order to model environmental changes.
This HYFLEX campaign aimed to deliver maps of sun-induced fluorescence recorded from airborne measurements using the approaches of the spaceborne FLEX mission.
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).