Program Topics

Standard IGARSS Themes

The technical program will account for the following themes:

A Analysis Techniques
A.1 Electromagnetic Modelling
A.2 InSAR and High Resolution SAR
A.4 Bistatic SAR
A.5 High Resolution Optical Techniques
A.6 Hyperspectral Techniques
A.7 Optical and Infrared Modelling
A.8 Image Processing Techniques
A.9 Information Extraction Techniques
A.10 Tomography and 3D mapping
A.11 Geographic Information Science
A.12 Subsurface Sensing / Ground Penetrating Radar
M Atmosphere
M.1 Precipitation and Clouds
M.2 Numerical Weather Prediction and Data Assimilation
M.3 Atmospheric Sounding
M.4 Aerosols and Atmospheric Chemistry
C Cryosphere
C.1 Snow Cover
C.2 Ice Sheets and Glaciers
C.3 Sea Ice
C.4 Permafrost
O Oceans
O.1 Ocean Biology (Color) and Water Quality
O.2 Ocean Surface Winds and Currents
O.3 Ocean Temperature and Salinity
O.4 Coastal Zones
O.5 Ocean Altimetry
L Land
L.1 Land Use and Land Cover Change
L.2 Forests and Vegetation
L.3 Agriculture
L.4 Urban and Built Environment
L.5 Topography, Geology and Geomorphology
L.6 Soils and Soil Moisture
L.7 Wetlands
L.8 Inland Waters
S Sensors and Platforms
S.1 SAR Instruments, Missions and Calibration
S.2 Active Microwave
S.3 Microwave Radiometer: Instruments and Calibration
S.4 Lidar Sensors
S.5 Passive Optical and Hyperspectral Sensors
S.6 UAV and Airborne Platforms
S.7 Ground-Based Systems
D Data Management, Dissemination Education and Policy
D.1 Data Management and Systems
D.2 Remote Sensing Data and Policy Decisions
D.3 Education and Remote Sensing

Special Themes

In addition special scientific themes will be addressed, including:

T1 Dynamics of Earth Processes and Climate Change

Derivation of Environmental parameters from Remote Sensing for the characterization of the Dynamic Earth Processes and Climate Change

T1.1 Biosphere

  • Interactions between biological diversity, climate variability, ecosystem characteristics and processes
  • Above ground biomass estimation and change as input for quantifying the control and feedback mechanisms of the terrestrial carbon cycle

T1.2 Geosphere

  • Relations between physical properties and geodynamic processes in the earth’s interior and their relations to surface changes
  • Understanding surface deformation processes for precise event prediction

T1.3 Hydrosphere

  • Interactions between ocean dynamics, sea level and climate
  • Physical and bio-chemical air/sea interaction processes
  • Water availability and impact of climate change

T1.4 Cryosphere

  • The impact of snow and glacier retreat on water supply
  • The dynamic response of glaciers and ice sheets to climate forcing
  • Sea ice – ocean circulation – atmosphere feedbacks

T1.5 Atmosphere

  • The human impact on atmospheric composition and air quality
  • Sources, transport processes and life cycle of aerosols
  • Quantification of spatial and temporal variability of precipitation

T1.6 Antroposphere

  • Influence of environmental dynamics on socio/economic processes
  • Impact of anthropogenic dynamics on environmental changes

T1.7 Disasters and Hazards

  • Disaster Management and Mitigation
  • Hazards and Risk
  • Pollution and Contamination

T2 Assimilation

Assimilation of Remotely Sensed Parameters in regional and global models of earth system processes

  • Integrated observing systems
  • Observation requirements for Earth system models
  • Advanced retrieval techniques for bio-geophysical parameters
  • Inverse modelling and data assimilation techniques
  • Applications for modelling the state and temporal evolution of the climate and environment

T3 Integrated Earth Observing Systems

Concepts and applications for integrated earth observing systems

  • Global Earth Observation Systems of Systems (GEOSS)
  • Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)
  • Integrated Global Observation Systems (IGOS)

T4 New Satellite Missions

Experiences from today’s and new satellite missions

  • Operating satellites, with a focus on experimental and innovative data acquisition and product derivation, operational mapping and data product derivation
  • New upcoming satellite systems with focus on operating status (performance and product delivery), quality of data and products (calibration and validation), innovation of the mission purpose