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3rd ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry 2015

 January 19, 2015 - January 23, 2015

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) organised the 3rd Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit dual and fully polarimetric data for science and applications development.

Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Radar Polarimetry and its applications were invited to apply to the 5 day course on the subject, which was held in ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy on 19-23 January 2015. Research scientists and students from all other countries were also welcome to apply and participate to the course subject to space availability.

No participation fees were charged for the training but participants were expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses (financial support was not available). The official language of the training course was English.

The main objectives of the course were to:

  • Train the next generation of European and Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs);
  • Explain theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications;
  • Introduce available tools and methods for the exploitation of dual polarization and fully polarimetric data;
  • Provide first-hand and up-to-date information on the state of the art in Radar Polarimetry and Polarimetric SAR Interferometry.

The course provided a substantial and balanced introduction to the basics and advanced concepts of theory, applications and systems of radar polarimetry.

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 mainly the use of PolSARpro software, the ESA Toolbox for exploitation of EO SAR polarimetric data, with a focus on full-pol (ALOS, RADARSAT-2, TerraSAR-X) and dual-pol Sentinel-1 spaceborne product.

Access here below the full programme and training material (both theory and practicals).



Largo Galileo Galilei, 1
Frascati, RM 00044 Italy
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