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ESA’s 7th Advanced Training Course on Radar Polarimetry

 June 12, 2023 - June 16, 2023

The European Space Agency (ESA) organised the 7th ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry for training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists in dual and fully polarimetric data for science and applications development.


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 various applications;
  • Introduce available tools and methods for the exploitation of dual-pol and full-pol data;
  • Provide first-hand and up-to-date information on state-of-the-art methods and applications in Radar Polarimetry, Polarimetric SAR Interferometry and SAR Tomography;
  • Provide an introduction to the BIOMASS mission, data and applications.


The course provided a substantial and balanced introduction to the basics and advanced concepts of:

  • SAR data,
  • radar interferometry (InSAR),
  • radar polarimetry (POLSAR),
  • InSAR polarimetry (POLinSAR),
  • and SAR Tomography (TomoSAR) theory and applications.

For anyone interested; if you wish to use SAOCOM full-pol or L-band radar data for a research or EO-based applications project, please refer to the announcement of opportunity page.


Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from ESA member states and associated countries interested in Radar Polarimetry, BIOMASS and their applications were invited to apply.

Research scientists and students from all other countries were also welcome to apply and participate in the course, subject to availability.

The official language of the training course was English, and the course was free to attend.

Participation was limited and subject to a selection process, with participants with familiarity in SAR and Python in preference.

Female applicants were encouraged to apply.

For more information, see the official course website.


June 12, 2023
June 16, 2023
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