ESA RADAR Processing Tutorials and Free Software

I am working on putting together some RADAR processing tutorial materials from a variety of sources so that students and others can work on RADAR data on their own. This is a work in progress, so please be patient. Check back often for updates to materials and other documents).


1 of many to come

Processing of Polarametric RADAR Data. Data collected with multiple look angles (HH, VV, HV)
HH = Horizontal Incident and Return
VV = Vertical Incident and Return
HV/VH = Horizontal or Vertical Incident/ Return

ESA Polarimetry Tutorials -this is a set of tutorials (3 parts)

Free Software POLSARPro
The software and tutorials go over how to work with Polarized RADAR data, specifically with POLSARPRo. The tutorials are mostly math. PolSARPro currently works with a variety of airborne RADAR Sensors (eg. AirSAR), and a couple of satellite RADAR systems (EnviSat, and RADARSAT). There are a couple of other satellite RADAR systems that will be available in the future.

Active Tcl - POLSARPro requires this to be installed
POLSARPRo - PolSARPro 2.0 Beta 7 release


Leave No Trace

Here is a link to a website on the Leave No Trace Program. Since I am a Scout Leader and enjoy the natural environment, I try to instill these principles to my kids and Scouters.

Hope you enjoy.

Leave No Trace




I have added a Photogrammetry book to my list since I use it in my Remote Sensing Class. This is one of the premier texts on the math and science behind the rectification of aerial imagery. Again, these are on the right side under "Books I Teach From."


Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation - Lillesand, Kiefer, Chipman - 5th ed, 2005

Publisher: Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471152277

Introduction to Digital Image Processing, John Jensen, 3rd ed, 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall

GPS Made Easy: Using the Global Positioning System in the Outdoors, Lawrence Letham, 4th ed, November 2003
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 0898868238

Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL, 3rd edition, 2004, Kevin Yank
Publisher: SitePoint

Getting to Know ArcObjects: Programming ArcGIS with VBA, October 2003, Robert Burke
Publisher: ESRI Press
ISBN: 1-58948-018-X

Elements of Photogrammetery with Applications in GIS, Wolf and DeWitt, 3rd ed, 2000
Publisher: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
ISBN: 0-07-292454-3


All Hail Euclid and Pythagoras!

All that talk about n-dimensional space is blowing my mind. We can all thank Euclid and Pythagoras for that one. In talking about image classification, these principles are at the heart of many of the image classification algorithms.

Here is a link to the proof of Pythagoreum's Theorem that is used to define Euclidean Distance in the n-dimensional world we call "Feature Space." Some say Hyper-space, but I will leave this to Star Wars.

Courtesy of MathWorld

The Proof is in the Triangle


Euclidean Distance