Special Issue "Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)—New Techniques, Missions and Applications"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Matthias Weiß
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Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR, 53343 Wachtberg, Germany
Interests: microwaves and RF; microwave filters; microwave measurements; electromagnetics; antenna; radar signal processing; bi-/multistatic radar
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Dr. Gianfranco Fornaro
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Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), 80124 Neaples, Italy
Interests: SAR; interferometric and tomographic SAR; inverse SAR
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Dr. Scott Hensley
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Jet Propulsion Lab, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
Interests: radar imaging techniques; ISAR; interferometric ISAR (InISAR); radar polarimetry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is a well-established remote sensing technique that enables the acquisition of high-resolution images of surfaces, independent of sunlight illumination and weather conditions. SAR has proven to be a unique information source for a large number of applications, ranging from environmental studies to disaster monitoring and reconnaissance. The coherent combination of multiple SAR images makes it possible to generate advanced information products like large-scale deformation maps, digital elevation models, or even 3D tomograms of semi-transparent volume scatters. The increased imaging capabilities of next-generation SAR sensors will further enhance their application spectrum, and will make them an ideal tool to regularly monitor the Earth system and its intricate dynamics.

The call for this Special Issue is associated with the 13th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR), organized as a virtual conference to be held in April 2021 (www.eusar.de). EUSAR is the largest conference worldwide entirely dedicated to the development of synthetic aperture radar technologies, techniques, and their remote sensing applications. Over the past 20 years, EUSAR has established an international forum that brings together engineers and scientists to exchange information on the latest developments of SAR-related topics.

The objective of the Special Issue is to select outstanding contributions on recent advances in the field of synthetic aperture radar. The call is open to all researchers. EUSAR attendees are encouraged to submit an extended version of their conference paper, which should include more detailed derivations, analyses, and experimental results.

Contributions to this Special Issue are welcome on the following topics:

  • Current and future airborne and spaceborne SAR systems and missions;
  • New SAR applications, products, and information retrieval algorithms;
  • Innovative SAR sensors, concepts, techniques, and modes;
  • Advances in ground-based and inverse SAR;
  • Bistatic, multistatic, and passive SAR;
  • SAR calibration, validation, and verification;
  • SAR polarimetry, interferometry, tomography, and holography;
  • Advanced SAR signal processing techniques;
  • Digital beamforming, GMTI, and MIMO-SAR;
  • SAR data evaluation and modeling.

Dr. Matthias Weiß
Dr. Gianfranco Fornaro
Dr. Scott Hensley
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
  • SAR systems, sensors, and missions
  • SAR technology and calibration
  • Digital beamforming
  • Inverse SAR (ISAR)
  • Distributed SAR systems and missions
  • Advanced SAR modes and techniques
  • SAR components and subsystems
  • SAR calibration and verification
  • SAR signal processing, motion compensation, and geocoding
  • MTI, GMTI, and STAPC5 interferometry (cross-track, along-track, differential, PS, ... )
  • Tomography, holography and 4-D SAR
  • SAR data evaluation and modeling
  • SAR applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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