Spring School on “Advanced remote sensing techniques for risk management”


Goals and objectives The PhD school on “Advanced remote sensing techniques for risk management” aim at introducing the attendees to the development and implementation of new, innovative and advanced remote sensing techniques to improve capabilities in characterizing risk components such as  hazard, vulnerability and exposure by means of hyperspectral image analysis, advanced SAR processing, machine learning and cloud computing for remote sensing, and geostationary satellites data processing. The PhD school will be supported by EU H2020 EOXPOSURE. It will consist of three days of theoretical and practices sessions focused on tools and application examples, and two days of EOEXPOSURE open workshop to present conferences and tutorials related to risk, vulnerability and exposure applications. To this aim, the school and the EOXPOSURE event will bring together leading researchers from academic institutions, data providers and industry end users.

Contact points:

  • Jorge Marquez (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina);
  • Marcelo Scavuzzo, Anabella Ferral, Sofia Lanfri, Alba German (CONAE, Instituto Mario Gulich, Univ. Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina).

Format: online

Tentative audience: 100

Tentative dates: 20 to 24 of September 2021

Monday, September 20th
08:00 ART Charla de bienvenida del Instituto Gulich. Dr. M. Scavuzzo
08:15 ART GRSS presentation. Dr. Carlos Lopez Martinez
8:30 ART Argentine GRSS IEEE chapter.. Mgter. Alba Germán
8:45 – 11:45 ART “Hyperspectral imaging” Dr. Antonio Plaza
12:00 – 13:00 ART Lunch Break
13:00 – 16:00 ART Hyperspectral practises. Mgter. Alba Germán y Dra. Michal Shimoni
Tuesday, September 21st
8:00 – 11:00 ART Principles and advanced SAR applications. . Dr. Carlos Lopez Martinez (ES)
-Introduction. Synthetic Aperture Radar Principles. Theory of SAR Interferometry. Theory of SAR Polarimetry. SAR Data Statistical Description. Information Vs. Frequency. Polarimetric SAR Interferometry. Applications
12:00 – 16:00 ART SAR processing Practices. Dr. Carlos Lopez Martinez & Mgter. Santiago Seppi
Wednesday, September 22nd
08:00 10:30 ART Polarimetric SAR Imaging: Theory and Applications. Dr. Avik Bhattacharya
-PolSAR data representation, target descriptors, advanced target decomposition methods, radar indices:
urban and vegetation, Dual-pol and Compact-pol SAR data analysis.
10:30 – 12:30 ART PolSAR practises. Dr. Avik Bhattacharya & Dr. Dipankar Mandal
-Dual-pol radar vegetation index over agricultural cropland (using SNAP)
-Comparison with Sentinel-2 NDVI product, soil moisture and vegetation inversion (using MRSLab
Python script and GEE codes),
-Dual-pol flood mapping (using GEE codes).
12:30 – 13:30 ART Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 ART Continue PolSAR practices. Dr. Avik Bhattacharya & Dr. Dipankar Mandal
Thursday, September 23th
08:00 – 19:20 ART Gesostationary SAR (GEOSAR) satellites and applications- Prof. Antoni Broquetas (UPC)
-Orbital parameters of Geostationary and Geosynchronous Satellites. Orbital perturbations and maintenance. Geosynchronous orbits in this context refer to 1 day period orbits with higher inclinations and eccentricities w.r.t Geostationary orbits intended to increase relative satellite-Earth motion and avoid the geostationary orbit congestion.
– GEOSAR MIssions. Advantages and Difficulties w.r.t. conventional LEOSAR missions. Permanent monitoring applications in Water cycle and Hazards monitoring. Monostatic, Bistatic and Multisatic missions. GEOSAR link budget. Precise orbit determination for GEOSAR missions.
9:30 – 11:30 ART Prof. Joan Bech ( UB ): Geostationary Weather satellites
– Overview of Geostationary Weather Satellites. Platforms and sensors. The Meteosat satellite series (MFG, MSG, and MTG). The MSG SEVIRI instrument. Characteristics of spectral observations in the visible, thermal infrared, and water vapour channels.
– Applications of Geostationary Weather Satellites. Multispectral satellite applications (RGB products). Natural colour, Cloud and Precipitation microphysics, and Air Mass RGB Products. Synergistic use of passive remote sensing geostationary weather satellite observations and active remote sensing Low Earth Orbit satellite observations. The GPM constellation and IMERG products
13:00 16:00 ART Practices with GOES 16 data. Mgter. Andrés Lighezzolo (CONAE), Dra. Anabella Ferral (IG-CONICET), Mgter. Federico Machado (SAOCOM-CONAE)
Friday, September 24th
08:00 – 08:30 ART Presentation of the ASI satellites – Cosmo and Prisma
08:30 – 09:00 ART Presentation of the CONAE satellites – SAOCOM
09:10 – 10:30 ART Activities from students in the frame of ASI-IG-CONAE-Univ Pavia cooperation (Dr. Paolo Gamba)
10:30 – 12:30 ART MAIE students  will give 15 minutes talks abour their research activities