Hands-on Training on Soil Moisture and Agricultural Monitoring using Microwave Remote Sensing

Feb 7, 2018 - Feb 9, 2018
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Space Applications Centre (Bopal Campus), Jodhpur Tekra, Ambawadi Vistar

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Space Applications Centre (SAC) in collaboration with IEEE GRSS is organizing a three days meet on soil moisture and agriculture monitoring using microwave remote sensing from February 7-9, 2018  at Ahmedabad. The training program is open to young researchers, scientists, students and professionals, who intend to familiarize with basics of SAR, Radiometry, SMAP, NISAR mission and methods for analyzing SAR data for soil moisture and crop monitoring. Faculty for the program are drawn from University of Massachusetts, SMAP team, NASA/JPL and ISRO/SAC. IEEE would provide travel support (up to INR10,000) to limited outstation IEEE GRSS members participating in the training program, on request basis, which can be used for travel/accommodation or both. Reimbursement would be made during the training program on  production of original receipt. Certificate: Participation certificate would be provided on completion of the training.

Request for Travel Grants: Please submit your application for IEEE GRSS travel grant through the link given below.

Space Applications Centre (SAC) has been playing an important role in utilizing space technology through its various applications for socio-economic development of the country. The centre is responsible for the development, realization and qualification of the payloads and related ground systems in the areas of communications, broadcasting, earth observations including remote sensing of natural resources, weather and environmental monitoring, etc. SAC is also a host institution for the training programs related to Satellite Communication and Meteorology activities of the Centre for Space Science & Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) affiliated to the United Nations (UN).

IEEE  Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society provides research and expert interaction opportunities and access to information on  the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information. IEEE GRSS has established six local chapters in India namely Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata ( For membership, please follow the site at

NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) is being developed jointly by JPL/NASA and ISRO. While ISRO is developing S-band SAR, NASA/JPL is working for the development of L-band SAR. The L- and S- band SAR data from this satellite would be  useful for a variety of applications including soil moisture and crop monitoring ( Thus, it is appropriate to create awareness on the use of SAR for soil moisture and crop monitoring using available SAR data from various missions.

Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) is an American environmental research satellite launched on 31 January 2015. SMAP is designed to measure soil moisture over a three-year period, every 2-3 days. This permits changes, around the world, to be observed over time scales ranging from major storms to repeated measurements of changes over the seasons.(


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