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26 – 30 April 2021 VIRTUAL ONLINE EVENT


10th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry

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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 be held entirely online on the following dates:
10th POLINSAR Workshop: 26 – 30 April 2021

The event will be accompanied by two side events:
6th ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry from 10 to 14 May 2021.
Second Biomass Retrieval Inter-comparison eXercise – BRIX-2 from 29 to 30 April 2021.


POLinSAR 2021 Objectives:

  • 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


PolInSAR 2021 Sessions

  • 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

Preliminary Programme



The Workshops shall 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.

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

No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

The official language of workshops is English.

Abstract Submission

Prepare your abstract

Abstracts shall be selected on the basis of the one-page abstracts (max 1000 words).
Abstracts should contain the following information:
– Title of the paper
– Authors full name and affiliations
– Name, address, e-mail, telephone of the main author
– Proposed topic for the paper
– Presentation preference (oral or poster)

Submit your abstract

We kindly invite you to submit your abstract/s by using the ConfTool login page available HERE

Modify your abstract

For changes to your abstract after the submission, please use your personal login and password to access your overview page, go to your submissions and do the editing.
Abstract submissions close on 16 March 2021 and also the possibility to make changes to your contribution.

Waiting for approval

Authors will be notified of the Scientific Committee review process outcome early April 2021.
Upon the notification of acceptance, the authors will be informed of the acceptation type, whether oral or poster presentation

Schedule and Deadlines

Abstract submission closureextended to 16 March 2021
Notification of AcceptanceEarly April 2021
Issue of Preliminary ProgrammesEarly April 2021
Registration OpeningEarly April 2021
Issue of Final Programmesat the workshop

Organizing Committee

Yves-Louis Desnos

Head of ESA EO Data Applications, Italy

Magdalena Fitrzyk


Sabrina Lodadio

Serco c/o ESA

Irene Renis

Serco c/o ESA

Francesco Sarti


Klaus Scipal


Ulla Vayrynen

Serco c/o ESA

Scientific Committee

Tom Ainsworth

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA

John Armston

University of Maryland, USA

Avik Bhattacharya

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Jerome Chave


Shane Cloude

AEL Consultants, UK

Alessandro Coletta

Italian Space Agency (ASI), Italy

Elise Colin-Koeniguer

French Aerospace Lab ONERA, France

Malcolm Davidson

ESA/ESTEC, the Netherlands

Laura Duncanson

University of Maryland, USA

Chen Erxue

Chinese Academy of Forestry, China

Laurent Ferro-Famil

CESBIO, France

Irena Hajnsek 

ETH Zurich/DLR

Scott Hensley

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

Martin Herold

Wageningen University, GOFC-GOLD, the Netherlands

Wen Hong

Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IECAS), China

Inge Jonkheere

FAO, Italy

Mélanie Lapointe

Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canada

Marco Lavalle


Thuy Le Toan

CESBIO, France

Juan Manuel Lopez-Sanchez

Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Richard Lucas

Aberystwyth University, UK

Stefanie Lumnitz

ESA/DLR, Italy

Armando Marino

University of Stirling, Biological and Environmental Sciences, UK

Maurizio Migliaccio

Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Italy

Wooil M. Moon

University of Manitoba, Canada

Alberto Moreira

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Philippe Paillou

University of Bordeaux, France

Konstantinos P. Papathanassiou

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Jolanda Patruno


Eric Pottier

University of Rennes 1, France

Shaun Quegan

University of Sheffield, UK

Y.S. Rao

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Fabio Rocca

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Sassan Saatchi

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

Maurizio Santoro

GAMMA RS , Switzerland

Motoyuki Sato

Tohoku University, Japan

Dmitry Schepaschenko

IIASA, Internat., Austria

Christiane Schmullius

Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Masanobu Shimada

Tokyo Denki University, Japan

Henning Skriver

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Stefano Tebaldini


Ridha Touzi

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS), Canada

Lars Ulander

Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden

Mat Williams

University of Edinburgh, UK