Skill course: Earth observation techniques

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February 21-25, 2011
Seminar room B0.002 (oposite the reception) @ MPI-BGC



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Mon  Optical remote sensing (incl. preprocessing like atmospheric & topographic correction)Prof. Dr. Christiane Schmullius, Dr. Sören Hese
 9:00-10:00TIntroduction to Remote Sensing Concepts: EMSChristiane Schmullius
 10:15-11:15TSensor Concepts (Spectral, Geometric, Radiometric, Temporal Resolution)Christiane Schmullius
 11:30-12:30TSensor Overview and ApplicationsChristiane Schmullius
 14:00-15:00TIntroduction to Image ProcessingSören Hese
 15:15-16:15TAtmospheric and topographic correction methods 
 16:30-18:00PPractical exercises (using ENVI)Sören Hese


Tue  RADAR remote sensing for Earth surfaceProf. Dr. Christiane Schmullius, Dr. Christian Thiel, Dr. Carsten Pathe
 9:00-10:00TIntroduction to Radar Concepts and Image GeometryChristiane Schmullius
 10:15-11:15TSensor Parameters (Wavelength, Polarisation, Incidence Angle)Christiane Schmullius
 11:30-12:30TSurface Parameters (Dielectric Constant, Roughness)Christiane Schmullius
 14:00-16:00TApplications: Forest (inkl. INSAR, POLSAR)Christian Thiel
 16:00-18:00PPractical exercises (using ESA NEST + ASF MapReady + ENVI)Carsten Pathe


Wed  Atmosphere: essential climate variablesJulia Marshall (PhD) & Dr. Dietrich Feist
 9:00-10:00TIntroduction to sensing of the atmosphere, and atmospheric ECVs. Some discussion about different orbit configurations, and a brief history of remote sensing of the atmosphere.Julia Marshall and Dietrich Feist
 10:15-11:15TAn introduction to ground-based remote sensing of the atmosphere, focusing on the FTIR.Dietrich Feist
 11:30-12:30TPassive emission sensing of greenhouse gases, using the the sensors AIRS and IASI as teaching examples.Julia Marshall
 14:00-15:00TPassive scattering sensing of the atmosphere, using the examples of SCIAMACHY and GOSAT.Julia Marshall
 15:15-16:15TActive sensing of the atmosphere, using the example of the aerosol satellite CALIPSO and the planned methane mission MERLIN.Julia Marshall
 16:30-18:00PPractical session: "Design a satellite", where two groups will be given different measurement goals, and asked to plan and present a hypothetical satellite mission to meet these goals.Julia Marshall and Dietrich Feist


Thu  Essential climate variables (clouds, precipitation, altimeter, climate change programs for atmosphere)Dr. Rainer Hollmann (DWD), Dr. Christian Klepp (MPI Meteorologie)
 9:00-13:00TObservation of clouds and radiation, introduction to some international programs for the observation of essential climate variablesRainer Hollmann (DWD)
 14:00-16:00Tprecipitation measurement

-The water and energy cycle and precipitation
-precipitation derivation methods from space using VIS,IR and PMW
-satellite sensors for precip
-sensor characteristics and land/ocean differences
-calibration, inter- and crosscalibration
-available data sets
-IPWG - the international precip working group activities
-the HOAPS data set
-intercomparing satellite climatologies, time series and zonal means
-case studies
-validation efforts (IPWG related and ships)
-applications like natural hazards
-the continuing time series and the SSMIS problems
-the future is GPM


Christian Klepp (MPI Meteorologie)


Fri  Essential climate variables, e.g. ocean color, sea surface temperature, fire disturbance, landcoverDr. Roland Doerffer (Helmoltz Center Geesthacht), Dr. Sophie Bontemps (Université Catholique de Louvain),
 9:00-13:00TOceanic remote sensing (ocean color, sea surface temperature, etc.)Roland Doerffer (Helmoltz Center Geesthacht)
 13:45-15:15TLand Cover
-Remote sensing and land observation
-Remote sensing principles for land characterisation
-Land cover classification
Sophie Bontemps (Université Catholique de Louvain)
 15:15-15:45TFire disturbanceChristiane Schmullius
 15:45 feedback and closing 
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