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Radar Remote Sensing Technology and Environmental Applications 2012

ESA / University of Tartu / Tartu Observatory / DLR

16 - 20 April 2012

Tartu, Estonia


ESA organised a Radar Remote Sensing training course with the University of Tartu and the Tartu Observatory on 16 - 29 April 2012, which was addressed to participants from universities, scientific communities, institutions and organisations that are making use of geoinformation.

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

Topics Covered

  • 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 (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

Presentations from Dr Francesco Sarti (ESA)

Material from Dr Antonios Mouratidis (ESA)

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

Material from Dr Francesco De Zan (DLR)

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