REMOTE SENSING: SURFACE

Remote sensing of the Earth’s surface deals with te estimate of the geophysical parameters of the observed areas, such as relfectance, emissivity, surface temperature, soil moisture content, snow water content, vegetation biomass.

 

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Installation of ALISEO on board of an airplane.
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ALISEO, the Aerospace Leap-frog Imaging Stationary Interferometer for Earth Observation on MIOsat.

This enables us to carry out regional and global scale monitoring, based on quantitative analyses, through advanced aerospace systems in both optical and microwave bands. This involves the:

  1. Development of imaging spectrometers and interferometers, such as ALISEO (Aerospace Leap-frog Imaging Static interferometer for Earth Observation) as payload for the Italian Space Agency’s MIOSAT satellite;
  2. calibration and validation of high-resolution data collected by aerospace optical sensors (such as the airborne MIVIS and CHRIS placed on board the European Space Agency’s PROBA-1 satellite);
  3. customization and characterization of advanced detector arrays operating in the visible and infrared optical range.
  4. Analisys of images and data of satellit sensors both active (SAR) and passive (radiometers) in the microwave band such as SSM/I, AMSR-E, ERS-1/2, ENVISAT/ASAR, JERS-1, ALOS/PALSAR, TerraSARX;
  5. ddevelopment of inversion algorithms for the estimate of geophysical parameters with satellite data.

The activity, whose results can be applied to the monitoring of the surface at both local and global scales, is supported by industrial research contracts (e.g. Selex Galileo SpA) Regional Authority, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency (NOWCASTING, LEIMON, DOMEX, COREH2O projects).

 

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Local (Cordevole basin) and global (Antartica) scale maps by means of microwave satellite sensors.

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