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Radar Remote Sensing Technology and Environmental Applications 2010

ESA / Polish Academy of Science / DLR

In cooperation with University of Rennes (France), University of Jena (Germany) and University of Tor Vergata (Italy) Warsaw, 06-10 September 2010

Location: Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS), Bartycka 18A, 00-716 Warsaw

From the 6th to the 10th of September 2010 ESA, the Polish Space Research Centre (PAS) and DLR, in cooperation with the universities of Renes (France), Jena (Germany) and Tor Vergata (Italy), organised a training course in radar remote sensing. The course was addressed to participants from universities, the scientific community, and from institutions and organisations making use of geoinformation. The training took place at the premises of PAS in Warsaw, Poland. Information about the course is also available from the following page of the Polish CBK website.

Course programme

Main topics:

1. ESA Earth Observation missions and data access

  • SAR principles – fundamentals of radar remote sensing and radar processing (theory and computer practical sessions)
  • Polarimetric SAR (theory and practical sessions)
  • Introduction to Radar Interferometry (theory)

2. Specific applications of SAR (theory and practical sessions)

  • Applications to forestry, agriculture, biomass
  • Applications to emergency mapping and disaster monitoring - example of flood monitoring

Teachers:

  • Dr. Francisco Dekker (DLR - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt)
  • Dr. Laurent Ferro-Famil (Université de Rennes, France)
  • Dr. Christian Thiel (University of Jena, Germany)

Assisted by: Dr. Francesco Sarti (ESA), Eng. Fabiano Costantini (Univ.Tor Vergata c/o ESA)

Course material

Introduction to ESA Earth Observation

The ESA Earth Observation Programmes: present status, Dr Francesco Sarti, ESA

ESA EO data access, Dr. Francesco Sarti, ESA

Introduction to SAR

Introduction to SAR 1, Dr. Paco López-Dekker, DLR

Introduction to SAR II: Acquisition modes, Applications, and future trends, Dr. Paco López-Dekker, DLR

Recent radar highlights from ENVISAT and other EO missions, Dr Francesco Sarti, ESA, Dr. Paco López-Dekker, DLR

InSAR Principles: Guidelines for SAR Interferometry Processing and Interpretation, ESA

Disaster mapping

PRACTICAL: NEST and GPOD demonstration, Fabiano Costantini, Tor Vergata University

EO for Disaster Management: Results from the “International Charter Space & Major Disasters”, from “SAFER” and others, Dr Francesco Sarti, ESA

Forest Cover Mapping and Biomass Assesment

PRACTICAL: Forest Cover Mapping and Biomass Assessment using PALSAR Intensities and Coherence, Dr. Christian Thiel, Friedrich Schiller University

SAR Theory and Applications to Forest Cover and Disturbance Mapping and Forest Biomass Assessment, Dr. Christian Thiel, Friedrich Schiller University

Polimetry Applied to Agriculture and Vegetation

PRACTICAL: Exercises and demonstrations of polarimetric SAR with PolSARpro: Theory and applications for agriculture & vegetation, Laurent Ferro-Famil, Universite de Rennes

Polarimetry basics: Lecture on polarimetric SAR: Theory and applications for agriculture & vegetation, Laurent Ferro-Famil, Universite de Rennes

PolSARpro v4.03 Forest Applications: Lecture on polarimetric SAR: Theory and applications for agriculture & vegetation, Laurent Ferro-Famil, Universite de Rennes