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19 - 23 June 2023 Espaces Vanel Toulouse, France

PolInSAR & Biomass 2023

11th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry and BIOMASS Workshop


Virtual Padlet

The Polinsar&Biomass Organising Team has set up a padlet – virtual whiteboard accessible at this link:–i7bcuprjqweis3y9  

The padlet will stay open until the next PolInsar&Biomass workshop, to exchange views and provide recommendations on the main scientific challenges, gaps, and opportunities for future activities. Session chairs and all participants are very welcome to use it to share their views!


The European Space Agency is organising the 11th International Workshop on Science and Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry, PolInSAR & Biomass.

The workshop will be held at Espaces Vanel Toulouse, France ( on the following dates:
11th PolInSAR & Biomass Workshop: 19 – 23 June 2023

The event will be preceded by the 7th ESA Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry from 12 to 16 June 2023.
The course website is accessible at

The Application(s) submission is now closed, the candidates have been selected.


PolInSAR 2023

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 2021 recommendations


Forest Science

Forest and Carbon Modelling

International Reporting

Ground based Measurements for EO cal/val,

Biomass Mission Science beyond Forestry

Consultation for the Sentinel User Preparation

Support the preparation for ESA and Third Parties full-pol missions’ exploitation (BIOMASS, NOVASAR-S, RCM, SAOCOM, TerraSAR-L, ROSE-L, Sentinel-1 Next Generation, etc.)


PolInSAR 2023

Methods and Theoretical Modelling

Calibration and Validation

SAR Polarimetry

Compact/Hybrid Polarimetry

Bistatic Polarimetry


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

Biomass 2023

The Biomass Mission

  • Mission Design and Performance
  • Calibration and Validation
  • PolSAR, PolInSAR and Tomographic methods and processing
  • Campaign results

In-situ data collection and technologies

Complementing missions

Forest and Carbon Science in the context of the Biomass mission

  • Forest Dynamics
  • Carbon Monitoring and Modelling
  • Carbon and Forest related Policy Initiatives

Programme Overview

Click HERE to access the detailed agenda


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, ROSE-L.
  • 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

November 1, 2022
Prepare your abstract

Abstracts shall be selected based on 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)

November 1, 2022
November 1, 2022
Submit your abstract

We kindly invite you to submit your abstract/s by using the ConfTool login page available HERE
The deadline is extended to 07/03.

November 1, 2022
February 1, 2023
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 28 February 2023 and the possibility to make changes to your contribution.

February 1, 2023
March 30, 2023
Notification of Acceptance

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

March 30, 2023

Contact info

For information regarding the submissions, author instructions, scientific committee and related inquiries please contact:
Conference Coordinator:
Conference Logistic:

Schedule and Deadlines

Abstract submission openingNovember 2022
Abstract submission closureextended to 07/03/2023
Notification of acceptancebeginning of April 2023
Issue of Preliminary ProgrammeApril 2023
Registration OpeningApril 2023
Issue of Final ProgrammeApril 2023
Workshop19-23 June 2023

Organizing Committee

Clément Albinet

European Space Agency (ESA)

Matteo Corona

Olly Services c/o ESA

Malcom Davidson

European Space Agency (ESA)

Yves-Louis Desnos

European Space Agency (ESA)

Diego Fernandez Prieto

European Space Agency (ESA)

Laurent Ferro-Famil


Magdalena Fitrzyk


Thuy Le Toan

CESBIO, France

Sabrina Lodadio

Serco c/o ESA

Bjorn Rommen

European Space Agency (ESA)

Francesco Sarti

European Space Agency (ESA)

Klaus Scipal

European Space Agency (ESA)

Frank Martin Seifert

European Space Agency (ESA)

Ulla Vayrynen

Serco c/o ESA

Lorenza Versace

Olly Services c/o ESA

Preliminary Scientific Committee

Frederic Achard

JRC, Italy

Tom Ainsworth

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA

John Armston

Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, USA

Francesco Banda

aresys/POLIMI, Italy

Avik Bhattacharya

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Stephane Chalifoux

CSA, Canada

Jerome Chave

Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier University, France

Erxue Chen

Chinese Academy of Forestry, China

Philippe Ciais

CEA, France

Alessandro Coletta

ASI, Italy

Elise Colin

 French Aerospace Lab ONERA, France

Wolfgang Dierking

AWI, Germany

Ralph Dubayah

Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, USA

Pascale Dubois

French Aerospace Lab ONERA, France

Laura Duncanson

Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, USA

Álvaro Duque

National University of Colombia, USA

Lola Fatoyinbo

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

Laurent Ferro-Famil


Irena Hajnsek

DLR, Germany

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

Andreas Huth

UFZ, Germany

Andreas Huth

UFZ, Germany

Inge Jonkheere

FAO, Italy

Heather Kay

Aberystwyth University, UK

Thierry Koleck

CNES, France

Marco Lavalle


Thuy Le Toan

CESBIO, France

Simon Lewis


Zengyuan Li

Chinese Academy of Forestry | CAF, China

Carlos Lopez Martinez

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

Juan Manuel Lopez- Sanchez

Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Richard Lucas

Aberystwyth University, UK

Stefanie Lumnitz

European Space Agency (ESA)

Armando Marino

University of Stirling, Biological and Environmental Sciences, UK

Maurizio Migliaccio

Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, Italy

Andrea Montiguarnieri


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


Keryn Paul

CSIRO, Australia

Oliver Phillips

University of Leeds, UK

Eric Pottier

University of Rennes 1, France

Shaun Quegan

University of Sheffeld, UK

Y.S Rao

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India

Markus Reichstein

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany

Andreas Reigber

DLR, Germany

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

Marc Simard

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

Henning Skriver

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Jean-Claude Souyris

Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France

Stefano Tebaldini


Ridha Touzi

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS), Canada

Lars Ulander

Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden

Ludovic Villard

Centre D’Etudes Spatiales De La Biosphere Univ. Toulouse, France

Dan-Johan Weydahl

FFI, Norway

Mat Williams

University of Edinburgh, UK

Yoshio Yamaguchi

Niigata University, Japan