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Radar Remote Sensing Course 2011

ESA / University of Szeged / DLR

In cooperation with the University of Rennes (France),

University of Jena (Germany) and University of Tor Vergata (Italy),

13-17 June 2011 - Szeged, Hungary


On the 13 to 17 June 2011 a radar remote sensing training course was organised in Hungary. The course was addressed to PhD students and young professionals from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Serbia who use EO technology within their daily work and would like to improve their knowledge of radar remote sensing.

The course included an introduction to microwave remote sensing technology as well as examples of end-user applications of this technology within the environmental field.

The hosting institution was the Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Szeged, Hungary.

The official language of the course was English.

More information about the course can also be found at the course webpage of the University of Szeged

Main topics:

  1. ESA Earth Observation missions and data access
  2. SAR principles – fundamentals of radar remote sensing and radar processing (theory and computer practical sessions)
  3. Polarimetric SAR (theory and practical sessions)
  4. Introduction to Radar Interferometry (theory)
  5. Specific applications of SAR (theory and practical sessions)
    • Applications to forestry, agriculture, biomass
    • Applications to emergency mapping and disaster monitoring - Example of flood monitoring


  • Dr. F. Dekker (DLR)
  • Dr. L. Ferro-Famil (Universit√© 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)

Course material

ESA EO Data Access

Introduction to SAR:

SAR Applications and Practical Exercises: