The Remote Sensing Department has the objective to carry out research related to the generation and analysis of spaceborne, airborne and ground-based data and to develop thereof scientific and technical applications.
The activities of the RSE Department are related to active sensor types, as for example Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Laser Scanners. Nevertheless, its members have experience with passive sensors.
From the applications point of view the RSE Department is highly specialized in the measurement and monitoring of deformations. In addition, the unit’s curriculum includes works in other applications like Digital Terrain Model generation among others. These are the fundamental research areas of the Department:
- Algorithms and analysis methods: interferometric SAR (InSAR), differential interferometric SAR (DInSAR), Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI), Ground-based SAR (GBSAR) and ground-based Real-Aperture-Radar (RAR).
- Measurement of deformations with DInSAR and PSI, with emphasis on topics related to the evaluation of the quality of measurements and the validation of DInSAR techniques.
- Vibration measurement of buildings, structures and infrastructure using the RAR technique.
- Classification of optical and SAR images for land use and land cover mapping, change detection, agriculture applications, etc.
- Terrestrial active remote sensing techniques: laser scanner and GBSAR.
- Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) reflectometry.