The workshop is jointly organized by three Special Interest Groups (SIG) of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL). The topic of the workshop is of mutual interest to the named SIG`s and thus the workshop will have an integrative function to bring together people from different remote sensing branches to discuss their experiences and problems in dealing with high resolution data. High resolution data are a basic source for geo-referenced information systems and can deliver information in high geometric and semantic quality for various cities and urban agglomerations around the world. The preceding workshops where the organizing SIG's participated are a strong indicator for the need of a follow-up workshop on the topic in conjunction with other SIG`s dealing with high resolution data sets.
The three-dimensional shape of the earth is of major importance for several remote sensing applications. It includes topics like Synthetic Aperture Radar in its various aspects, object detection and recognition from SAR data, SAR Interferometry, Differential InSAR, geometrical correction of the remotely sensed imagery through models for image orientation and geo-referencing and the discrete 3-D representation of the surface of the Earth through Digital Surface, Elevation and Terrain Models, and special geo-information applications in urban and suburban environments. This workshop will continue the line of the successful SIG 3D Remote Sensing workshop held in Porto 2005, joint workshop in Bochum 2008 and the joint workshop in Ghent 2010.
Nowadays a substantial part of remote sensing for Earth Observation (EO) is performed in the radar domain of the electromagnetic spectrum. Compared to passive optical sensors, radar instruments illuminate the scene actively with signal wavelength on the order of centimetres. These features give rise to the manifold advantages of radar including all-weather operation, ability to work in different modes implying complementing data features and characteristics, and data acquisition independent of time of day. The SIG Radar Remote Sensing focuses on various aspects related to synthetic aperture radar (SAR): object detection and recognition, Interferometry, Polarimetry, ground based SAR, Differential InSAR and high-resolution airborne and satellite SAR data.
Remote sensing is an excellent tool for mapping, monitoring and modelling of environmental variables and processes. Especially in developing counties, remote sensing offers a unique and fast access to primary data about the status of land surfaces. There is a high demand in studies on education and public interest in developing countries, disaster management, hydrology and coastal applications, vegetation and land cover, geology and geomorphology, landscape survey, soils and soil salinisation, etc. This group concentrates on identifying and solving these problems, bringing together scientists from all over the world to exchange their experiences and expertise.
Please be cordially invited to participate in a workshop with challenging topics and feel free to submit your individual input and to share your experiences with colleagues from around the world.