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Course material

Sunday 2 Sept.

14 - 16:30

Registration
  Auditorium

16:30 - 16:45

Welcome words from ISEGI (Marco Painho) and ESA (Yves-Louis Desnos)

16:45 - 17:30

ESA and EO activities (Yves-Louis Desnos)

17:30 - 18:00

Introduction to the training course: objectives, programme, logistics (Muriel Simon)

18 - 19

Ice-breaker - Cocktail
Monday 3 Sept - Theory
  Room 4 Room 3

9 - 10

D1La1:
Light SAR 1,
Radar Basics (le Toan)
D1Lb1:
Light Optical 1,
Radiative transfer basics (Moreno)

10 - 11

D1La2:
Light SAR 2,
Interferometry Basics (Rocca)
D1Lb2:
Light Optical 2,
Atm. Corrections, param. retrieval (Moreno)

30'

Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30

D1La3:
Light SAR 3,
Polarimetry Basics (Pottier)
D1Lb3:
Light Thermal,
Surface energy balance basics (Su)

1h30'

Lunch

14 - 15

D1La4:
Advanced Optical 1,
Modelling, data pre-processing (Moreno)
D1Lb4:
Advanced SAR 1,
Interferometry (Rocca)

15 - 16

D1La5:
Advanced Optical 2,
Retrieval of information (Moreno)
D1Lb5:
Advanced SAR 2,
Interferometry (Rocca) , Polarimetry (Pottier)

30'

Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30

D1La6:
Advanced Thermal,
Surface Energy Balance (Su)
D1Lb6:
Advanced SAR 3,
Polarimetry (Pottier)
  Auditorium

17.30 - 18.30

D1L7:
Applications for Terrain motion (Rocca)
Tuesday 4 Sept - Missions, instruments, tools
  Auditorium

9 - 10

D2L1:
EO Missions , EOPIs and Data access (Desnos), summary on data access

10 - 11

D2L2:
(A)SAR instrument (Desnos)

30'

Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30

D2L3:
MERIS instrument (Moreno) , (A)ATSR instrument (Pereira)

1h30'

Lunch

14 - 15

D2L4:
Image Classification Techniques (Caetano)

15 - 16

D2L5:
Software tools: BEAM, BEST (Simon) , POLSARPRO (Pottier)

30'

Coffee break
  Room 1 Room 2

16.30 - 18.30

D2PA:
Practicals:
- Introduction to BEAM (Simon/Araújo)
- Introduction to POLSARPRO (Pottier)
D2PB:
Practicals:
- Introduction to POLSARPRO (Pottier)
- Introduction to BEAM (Simon/Araújo)
Wednesday 5 Sept - Land resources
  Auditorium

8.30 - 9.30

D3L1:
Land Use, Land Cover, Land Cover Change (Caetano)

9.30 - 10.30

D3L2:
Forests (Schmullius)

10.30 - 11.30

D3L3:
Agriculture (Le Toan)

30'

Coffee break
  Room 1 Room 2

12 - 13.30

D3PA, Part 1
Land Use - Land Cover (Caetano)
D3PB, Part 1:
Forest-Agriculture: Introduction to BEST software (Minchella)

1h30'

Lunch

15 - 16.30

D3PA, Part 2:
Land Use - Land Cover (Caetano)
D3PB, Part 2:
Forest-Agriculture: Forest applications (Schmullius)

30'

Coffee break

17 - 18

D3PA, Part 3:
Land Use - Land Cover (Caetano)
D3PB, Part 3:
Forest - Agriculture: Basic POLSARPRO applications (LeToan)

18 - 19

  Forest - Agriculture: Advanced POLSARPRO applications (optional, Pottier)
Thursday 6 Sept - Disaster management
  Auditorium

9.30 - 10.30

D4L1:
Fires and burnt areas detection (Pereira)

10.30 - 11.30

D4L2:
Flood monitoring (Yesou)

30'

Coffee break
  Room 1 Room 2

12 - 13.30

D3PA, Part 4:
POLSARPRO for Land Use - Land Cover
(Pottier)
D3PB, Part 4:
Applications for Agriculture (Le Toan / Bouvet): exercise , presentation

1h30'

Lunch

15 - 16.30

D4PA, Part 1:
Fires and Burnt Area detection (Pereira): exercise 1 , exercise 2
D4PB, Part 1:
Floods (Yesou/Andreoli): exercise , presentation

30'

Coffee break

17 - 18.30

D4PA, Part 2:
Fires and Burnt Area detection (Pereira): exercise 3
D4PB, Part 2:
Floods (Yesou/Andreoli)

19.30 - 22.30

Social event
Friday 7 Sept - Water resources
  Auditorium

8.30 - 9.30

D5L1:
Water availability (Su)
  Room 1 Room 2

9.30 - 11.30

D5PA, Part 1:
Water resources (Su): exercise 1 , exercise 2
D5PB, Part 1:
Terrain motion (Rocca/Perissin)

30'

Coffee break

12 - 13.30

D5PA, Part 2:
Water resources (Moreno)
D5PB, Part 2:
Terrain motion (Rocca/Perissin)

1h30'

Lunch
  Auditorium

15 - 15:20

Training course summary (Simon)

15:20 - 15:50

Distribution of Course Certificates

15:50 - 16:00

Closing words from IGP (M.Caetano) and ISEGI (M.Painho)

 

Software tools

The following ESA software tools was used during the training course:

  • BEAM: Basic ERS & Envisat (A)ATSR and Meris Toolbox. A collection of executable tools and an application programming interface (API) developed to facilitate the utilisation, viewing and processing of ESA MERIS, (A)ATSR and ASAR data.

  • BEST: Basic Envisat SAR Toolbox. A collection of executable software tools developed to facilitate the use of ESA SAR data. Handles SAR products obtained from the ASAR (Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar) onboard Envisat and the AMIs (Active Microwave Instrument) onboard ERS 1&2.

  • POLSARPRO: Polarimetric SAR Data Processing and Educational Tool. Aims to facilitate the accessibility and exploitation of multi-polarised SAR datasets including those from ESA Third Party Missions (ALOS PALSAR), Envisat ASAR Alternating Polarisation mode products and RADARSAT-2. A very comprehensive Polarimetry tutorial is available here.

In addition, some of the practicals used ESRI ArcGis 9.1 and ArcView 3.2, readily available at the Institute, as well as ERDAS-IMAGINE, for which temporary licences were made available, courtesy of GEOSYSTEMS France et Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging.

 

REFERENCES

SAR Interferometry

"InSAR Principles: Guidelines for SAR Interferometry Processing and Interpretation", ESA TM-19, was distributed at the training course. Professor Rocca, one of the co-authors of the book, presented the interferometry part of the SAR theory during the training course.

ESA TM-19 has been produced as a text book to introduce radar interferometry to remote sensing specialists. It consists of three parts:

Part A is for readers with a good knowledge of optical and microwave remote sensing, to acquaint them with interferometric SAR image processing and interpretation.

Part B provides a practical approach and the technical background for beginners with InSAR processing.

Part C contains a more mathematical approach, for a deeper understanding of the interferometric process. It includes themes such as super resolution and ERS/Envisat interferometry.

 

SAR Polarimetry

A set of lecture notes on Basic and Advanced Radar Polarimetry and on Polarimetric SAR Interferometry.

Polarimetry SAR basics by Wolfgang-Martin Boerner

Polarimetry SAR advanced concepts by Eric Pottier et al

Polarimetric Interferometry SAR basic concepts by Kostas Papathanassiou and Shane Cloude

Pol-InSAR training course by Shane Cloude

 

Surface Energy Balance

"Evaluation of Remote Sensed Evapotranspiration Over the CEOP EOP-1 Reference Sites", H.Su, E.F.Wood, M.F.McCabe and Z.Su, Journal of Meteorological Society of Japan, Vol.85A, pp.439-459, 2007.

"Estimation of the Surface Energy Balance", Z.Su, Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences. Edited by M G Anderson, 2005.

"An Evaluation of Two Models for Estimation of the Roughness Height for Heat Transfer between the Land Surface and the Atmosphere", Su et al, Journal of Applied Meteorology, November 2001.

"The Surface Energy Balance System (SEBS) for estimation of turbulent heat fluxes", Z.Su, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 6(1), 85–99 (2002).

"A time series based method for estimating relative soil moisture with ERS wind scatterometer data", J.Wen and Z.Su, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 30, NO. 7, 1397, doi:10.1029/2002GL016557, 2003

"The estimation of soil moisture from ERS wind scatterometer data over the Tibetan plateau", J.Wen and Z.Su, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 28 (2003) 53–61

"Determination of land surface temperature and soil moisture from Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission/Microwave Imager remote sensing data", J.Wen, Z.Su and Y.Ma, JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 108, NO. D2, 4038, doi:10.1029/2002JD002176, 2003

 

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