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Event Organisers: 

European Space Agency 


26/04/2021 to 30/04/2021


The European Space Agency is organising the 10th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, POLINSAR 2021.


The workshop will take place online from 26 to 30 April 2021.


  • Provide a forum for scientific exchange 
  • Present the latest exploitation results from full-pol airborne and spaceborne systems and assess the state-of-the-art
  • Review retrieved bio-geophysical parameters and their accuracy
  • Make recommendations for algorithm development and new products
  • Support the preparation for ESA and Third Parties full-pol missions exploitation (BIOMASS, NOVASAR-S, RCM, SAOCOM, TerraSAR-L etc.)
  • Present innovative polarimetric applications and ideas for future polarimetric mission concepts Report on the status of POLinSAR 2019 recommendations


  • Methods and Theoretical Modelling
  • Calibration and Validation
  • SAR Polarimetry
  • Compact/Hybrid Polarimetry
  • Bistatic Polarimetry
  • Tomography
  • SAR Polarimetric Interferometry (Pol-InSAR)
  • Persistent Scatterers Interferometry (PSI)
  • Applications of SAR Polarimetry:
    – Land: Forest, Agriculture, Environment, Wetlands, Soil Moisture;
    – Ocean: Pollution Monitoring, Ship Detection, Parameters Retrieval;
    – Cryosphere: Snow, Land Ice and Sea Ice;
    – Hazards: Fire Monitoring, Volcanoes, Flooding, Earthquake;
    – Other Applications (e.g. Urban)
  • Past, Current (eg. ALOS-2, Sentinel-1, GF-3, RISAT) and Future SAR Missions (e.g. BIOMASS, NovaSAR-S, RCM, SAOCOM, NISAR, TerraSAR-L)
  • Airborne and Spaceborne campaigns

Participation in the oral and poster programme will be decided by the Scientific Committee following the review of submitted abstracts.

The deadline for the abstracts submission has been extended until 16 March 2021.

Target Audience: 

The workshop will bring together:

  • ESA Principal Investigators, scientists and students working in the field of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry;
  • Biomass science, international forest network, UNFCCC REDD+, carbon and climate modelling communities;
  • Users of data from current and future SAR missions like SENTINEL-1, BIOMASS, ALOS 2, RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), NOVASAR-S, SAOCOM;
  • Representatives from National, European and International space and value adding industry.

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