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1st ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry 2011

 January 17, 2011 - January 21, 2011

The European Space Agency organised the 1st Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry, devoted to SAR Polarimetry, Polarimetric Interferometry and its applications.  The course was hosted in ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on 17-21 January 2011 and targetted PhD students from European countries and Canada, interested in Radar polarimetry. Principal Investigators (PIs) and students from all other countries were also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability.

The main objectives of the course were to:

  • Train the next generation of European Principal Investigators (PIs)
  • Explain theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications
  • Introduce available tools and methods for the exploitation of ESA and other Dual-Pol and Full-Pol spaceborne data
  • Provide first-hand and up-to-date information on the state of the art in Radar Polarimetry and Polarimetric SAR Interferometry

This advanced course provided a substantial and balanced introduction to the basic theory, scattering concepts, systems and advanced concepts, and applications typical to radar polarimetric remote sensing.

The course included theoretical lectures as well as hands-on computing exercises exposing students to PolSAR and Pol-InSAR data processing for remote sensing applications, illustrating the use of PolSARpro, the ESA Toolbox for exploitation of EO SAR polarimetric data, with a focus on full-pol spaceborne (ALOS, RADARSAT-2, TerraSAR-X) product.

Within the last day of the Course, the status of present and future polarimetric spaceborne missions were also presented.

The team of lecturers was comprised of leading scientists coordinated by Prof. Eric Pottier from the University of Rennes1, France.

Access here below the full programme.


January 17, 2011
January 21, 2011
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