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3rd ESA Training on Earth Observation 2012

 April 16, 2012 - April 20, 2012
 Dorpat Conference Center

ESA organised a Radar Remote Sensing training course with the University of Tartu and the Tartu Observatory on 16 – 20 April 2012, which was addressed to participants from universities, scientific communities, institutions and organisations that are making use of geoinformation. The original name of the event was “Radar Remote Sensing Technology and Environmental Applications”.

The course provided participants with an introduction to radar remote sensing technology as well as examples of end-user applications of this technique within the environmental field.

More information about the course can be found on the course website



  • 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)
  • Specific applications of SAR (theory and practical sessions)
    • Applications in forestry, agriculture, biomass
    • Applications to emergency mapping and disaster monitoring – example of flood monitoring



  • Dr. F. Dekker (DLR)
  • Dr. L. Ferro-Famil (Université de Rennes, France)
  • Dr. C. Thiel (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Assisted by: Dr. F. Sarti (ESA), Ing. F.Costantini (Univ.Tor Vergata c/o ESA)



Presentations from Dr Francesco Sarti (ESA)

  • ESA SAR Course Schedule
  • ESA Earth Observation Programmes
  • SAR reminders. SAR missions and systems
  • Speckle
  • SAR processing levels and examples
  • SAR Physics
  • Radarsat2 Mission
  • Final Information

Material from Dr Antonios Mouratidis (ESA)

  • ESA and TPM Data Access
  • InSAR Practical Exercise with NEST (ZIP 681Mb)

Material from Dr Christian Thiel (University of Jena, Germany)

  • SAR Theory and Applications to Forest Cover and Disturbance Mapping and Forest Biomass Assessment
  • Forest Cover Mapping and Biomass Assessment using PALSAR Intensities and Coherence – Hands on
  • Exercises – SAR Preprocessing using NEST (ZIP 219 Mb)

Material from Dr Francesco De Zan (DLR)

  • SAR Interferometry
  • SAR Interferometry – Advanced Topics

Material from Dr Laurent Ferro Famil (Université de Rennes, France)

  • SAR polarimetry
  • Software Tools PolSARpro
  • Introduction to PolSARpro
  • PolSARpro LandUse LandCover
  • PolSARpro Forest Applications


University of Tartu
Tartu Observatory
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)


Dorpat Conference Center
Turu 2
Tartu, 51013 Estonia
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