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10-14 May 2021 ONLINE

6th Advanced Training Course on Radar Polarimetry

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Background

The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the 6th ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit dual and fully polarimetric data for science and applications development.

The course is part of ESA’s EO Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 (the fifth cycle of ESA’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme).

Objectives

The main objectives of the course are 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 the state of the art in Radar Polarimetry, Polarimetric SAR Interferometry and SAR Tomography;
  • Provide an introduction to BIOMASS mission, data and applications.

Contents

The course provides a substantial and balanced introduction to the basics and advanced concepts of radar polarimetry, InSAR polarimetry (POLinSAR) and SAR Tomography (TomoSAR) theory and applications. The objective is to prepare participants for the scientific exploitation of the data from past, current (eg. ALOS-2, Sentinel-1, GF-3, RISAT, SAOCOM, RCM) and future SAR Missions (e.g. NISAR).This edition will include a session dedicated to introducing the future BIOMASS mission, data and applications.

The course includes theoretical lectures as well as hands-on computing exercises, where participants will be exposed to PolSAR, Pol-InSAR and TomoSAR data processing for remote sensing applications.

During the course participants will use mainly the ESA Toolbox for the exploitation of EO SAR polarimetric data –  PolSARpro and ESA Sentinels Applications Platform SNAP. Moreover, the use of SAR tomography toolbox will also be introduced.

The course will focus on full-pol (ALOS-1&2, RADARSAT-2, TerraSAR-X) and dual-pol Sentinel-1 spaceborne products, as well as airborne campaign data.

Preliminary Programme

The preliminary programme below was drafted using the same contents and structure as for the face-to-face event. The practicals may need to be modified (in length or contents). More details to follow.

Participation

The 5-day course will be held online on 10-14 May 2021. Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada interested in Radar Polarimetry, BIOMASS and their applications are invited to apply.
Research scientists and students from all other countries are also welcome to apply and participate in the course subject to availability.
The official language of the training course is English.
No participation fees will be charged for the training. Participation is limited and subject to a selection process.

Application

  • Create a user account in the ConfTool system and fill in the on-line application form HERE
  • Enter the details of your academic referee and upial University/Company letter head paper
  • Your application will be considered completed only once the reference letter has been uploaded in support of your application 
  • The application submission will be closed on 7 February 2021.

Contact Info

ESA course coordinators eotraining@esa.int

Schedule and Deadlines

Application submission opening31 July 2020
Application submission closureextended to 7 February 2021
Notification of acceptanceby end February 2021
Training Course10-14 May 2021

Lecturers and Scientific Support

Clément Albinet

ESA

Laurent Ferro-Famil

University of Rennes 1 / CESBIO

Magdalena Fitrzyk

RSAC c/o ESA

Irena Hajnsek

ETH Zürich / DLR

Marco Lavalle

JPL, NASA

Thuy Le Toan

CESBIO, France

Armando Marino

University of Stirling

Jolanda Patruno

RHEA Group c/o ESA

Eric Pottier

University of Rennes 1

Klaus Scipal

ESA

Stefano Tebaldini

Politecnico di Milano

Organizing Committee

Yves-Louis Desnos

ESA

Diego Fernandez

ESA

Francesco Sarti

ESA

Eric Pottier

University of Rennes 1

Amalia Castro Gomez

RSAC c/o ESA

Laurent Ferro-Famil

University of Rennes 1 / CESBIO

Magdalena Fitrzyk

RSAC c/o ESA

Irena Hajnsek

ETH Zürich / DLR

Armando Marino

University of Stirling

Irene Renis

Serco c/o ESA