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ROSA/ESA/DLR – Radar Remote Sensing Course

 October 26, 2009 - October 30, 2009
 University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania

On 26 – 30 October 2009 the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), ESA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) jointly organised a training course in Radar Remote Sensing, held in the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest. The objectives of the course were to provide training in radar remote sensing theory and applications to young scientists and university students from PECS countries (Romania, Hungary, Poland) who wished to expand and improve their knowledge and skills in radar remote sensing research.

The course included the following main components:

  • Theoretical fundamentals of radar remote sensing and introduction to SAR applications
  • Practical sessions using SAR data with focus on TerraSAR-X imagery for applications in water / oil detection and mapping

Introductory Presentations
Introduction to the course
Introduction to the DLR presentations and practicals
The Earth Observation programmes of ESA
A short overview of the ENVISAT mission
ESA Earth Observation data access
Introduction to the Definiens software suite

Theoretical fundamentals and introduction to SAR applications
An introduction to the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”
A reminder about SAR theory and applications
Introduction to radar interferometry
Activations of the International Charter in Romania
Emergency mapping and disaster monitoring

Practical sessions
Flood mapping exercise using the ESA NEST toolbox
Flood detection using TerraSAR-X data
Oil spill detection using TerraSAR-X data


October 26, 2009
October 30, 2009
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Romanian Space Agency
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)


University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania
Bulevardul Mărăști 59
Bucharest, 011464 Romania
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