Active microwave remote sensing has demonstrated its importance across several science disciplines and practical applications. The unique capabilities and global coverage provided by spaceborne radar sensors are acquiring critical contributions to understanding and explaining the mechanisms of long-term climate change and its impacts. From the standpoint of spectral management, active sensors designed to measure land surface processes routinely utilize a wide range of frequencies. Diverse types of radar systems have been used to study the land surface. A polarimetric radar sensor measures the extent to which a surface produces backscatter as a function of the electromagnetic wave

polarization. Such polarimetric measurements provide a unique way to characterize the Earth’s surface. This talk will briefly discuss the characteristics of this new technology and its enormous opportunities for the future.

The speaker :

Avik Bhattacharya is a Professor at the Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (CSRE, IITB), Mumbai, India. Before joining IITB, he was a Canadian Government Research Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) in Ottawa, ON, Canada. He received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s prestigious visiting scientist fellowship at the Canadian national laboratories from 2008 to 2011. His current research interests include Imaging Radar polarimetry, statistical analysis of polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images, applications of Radar Remote Sensing in Agriculture, Cryosphere, Urban and Planetary studies.

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