NISAR Workshop Summary 2014

The first NISAR Science Workshop was organized at Space Applications Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad during 17-18 November 2014 with the primary objectives of informing and involving Indian scientific community about NISAR mission; exploring new applications of dual-frequency SAR data; and searching for collaborative opportunities in SAR applications. The workshop followed the NISAR Applications Workshop organized by NASA-JPL at USGS headquarters in Reston, Virginia during 28-29 October 2014, where the scientific community of the USA was apprised of NISAR mission.

The NISAR science workshop invited from the participants, new ideas and innovations on SAR applications for societal benefit. Interested participants were asked to submit an abstract of their proposal/study and make 5 minutes presentations showing new application and innovative techniques for SAR data utilization.

The workshop was attended by over 380 participants representing 88 different institutions including government organizations, academic institutions and private sectors, spreading across India. There were 51 abstracts submitted for the workshop. A delegation of scientists from NASA, JPL and other US universities participated in the workshop. During the workshop, 25 invited talks and 65 innovative ideas were presented in four parallel break-out sessions arranged for four major application areas: 1) Ecosystem processes; 2) GeoSciences & Hazards; 3) Cryosphere studies and 4) Atmosphere, Ocean & Coasts.

The workshop to a great extent succeeded in bringing SAR data users community from all over India to a common platform. The format of the workshop, that allowed any person with a background or interest in remote sensing to participate and express his/her views on SAR applications for societal benefit, through a short presentation, has generated a lot of enthusiasm especially among the young researchers. During this workshop various new applications of SAR data were discussed and the corresponding measurement requirements, potential user agencies, data processing and product dissemination methods were identified.

Details of the workshop, the participants and the scientific outcome from the workshop are presented in the workshop report.