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A new airborne SAR System (F-SAR)
F-SAR is the successor of the well-known E-SAR system, the Institute’s airborne SAR. F-SAR is a totally new development utilizing most modern hardware and commercial off-the-shelf components. F-SAR will operate in X-, C-, S-, L- and P-bands with fully polarimetric capability in all frequencies and four simultaneous recording channels.
The goal is to build up a complete data base for agricultural parameter estimation over a whole vegetation growth period using the E-SAR system. The contract is funded by ESA/ESTEC and shall support the space segment activities with respect to the Sentinel-1 Programme in order to answer questions concerning the SAR system parameters (polarisation, incidence angle, revisit time, etc).
The objective of the Indonesian Airborne Radar Experiment project is to build up a data base over tropical forests for the investigation and validation of bio-/geo-physical parameters obtained from L- and P-Band polarimetric SAR interferometry (Pol-InSAR). The contract is funded by ESA/ESTEC and supports the investigations of optimal SAR sensor configuration and algorithms for biomass retrieval and monitoring in tropical areas.
Pol-InSAR Mission and Applications Study
The objective of this study funded by ESA/ESRIN is to evaluate the actual and potential status of Pol-InSAR techniques and technology with respect to operational information product generation accounting for the technological constrains of actual and future SAR satellite missions.
The objective is the exploration of the potential of the polarimetric SAR interferometry technique for land ice parameter estimation. For this multi-parameter radar data at L- and P-Band has been acquired 2005 over the Austfonna Glacier at Svalbard. A cooperation with AWI has been established in this topic and a follow-on campaign is planned for 2007.
AquiferEx is an airborne campaign performed with the E-SAR system and the AVIS sensor of LMU-Munich in Tunisia in November, 2005. It is funded by the Data User Element (DUE) of ESA in support of the "Aquifer" TIGER initiative project. The main purpose of "AquiferEx" is the generation of a pool of high resolution polarimetric and interferometric radar as well as optical data to serve the assessment and improvement of water management possibilities in semi-arid areas (mostly in Africa) based on future high resolution remote sensing data.
The main activity is the retrieval of surface parameters using long wavelength SAR data models and land cover classification algorithms as input for the SVAT/hydrological process modelling. A proposition for an end-to-end system configuration for a reliable hydrological model prediction will be developed. The study is funded by ESA/ESTEC.
Technical University Munich, Technical University Berlin, Technical University of Catalonia, Univ. Karlsruhe, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Univ. Jena, ONERA (France), MDA (McDonald Dettwiler, Canada), RSL (Remote Sensing Laboratories, Switzerland), ISRO (India), INPE und ITA (Brazil), Polimi – Politecnica di Milano (Italy), University of Helsinki (Finland), JRG (Joanneum Research, Austria), University of Innsbruck (Austria), ENVEO (Austria), University of Neaples Frederico II (Italy), Second University of Neaples (Italy), DTU (Technical University of Denmark), University of Rennes (France), GIFU University (Japan), University of Wageningen (The Netherlands).
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