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April 06, 2021

Register for ESA’s Very High resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment workshop

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ESA’s Very High resolution Radar & Optical Data Assessment (VH-RODA) 2021 workshop will take place virtually on 20-23 April. The workshop will provide a virtual open forum (NewSpace, commercial and institutional) for the presentation and discussion of current status and future developments related to the calibration and validation of spaceborne very high-resolution SAR and optical sensors and data products. Register here for free by Thursday 15 April 2021.

There is a growing number of public and commercial providers of high spatial resolution (i.e. below 10 metres) spaceborne Earth Observation data. Key to using data from these new sources is a good understanding of their characteristics, how they are calibrated, and their quality and technical capabilities.

The VH-RODA 2021 workshop will address the quality and capability of very high spatial resolution SAR and optical instruments from public and commercial spaceborne imaging platforms. The workshop will focus on the continuative comparison and dialogue between the SAR and optical communities, institutional and commercial communities. It will also focus on the methodologies related to data quality and products validation, instrument calibration and characterisation strategies, as well as applications of Artificial Intelligence for calibration/validation and data processing, ground-based infrastructures, and calibration networks.

This workshop is planned as a technical forum for discussing spaceborne imaging systems and the data quality, calibration and product validation challenges they face. It will also provide an opportunity for the knowledge exchange among highly specialised entities, ranging from satellite operators to instrument technical teams and product validation institutions.

The VH-RODA workshop is part of ESA’s continuing commitment to spaceborne imaging technology as an important tool in providing information to address critical science and societal matters.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Calibration techniques (requirements, definitions, database, methodologies)
  • Calibration sites and techniques (cross-calibration/validation, intercalibration, field campaigns, Fiducial Reference Measurements)
  • Analysis-ready data, Digital Elevation Models (DEM)
  • Calibration of future missions and in particular of innovative concepts
  • Quality control, best practice, product validation
  • Processing and algorithms (including Artificial Intelligence for Calibration/Validation)

More information, including registration by 15 April and an agenda, can be found here.

To know more: VH-RODA 2021 workshop, registration and agenda