By Amy Allen
In January 2024 NASA and the Indian Space Agency ISRO will launch the jointly developed synthetic aperture radar satellite mission NISAR. Based on cloud-penetrating microwave imaging, data from this mission will enable novel tools to monitor our planet's solid Earth, ecosystems, and cryosphere. With a repeat observation strategy of 12 days at 10-20 meter resolution, time series data sets from the mission will allow new detailed scientific insights into Earth system processes pertinent to questions of environmental sustainability under rapidly unfolding climate change scenarios.
The speaker Josef Kellndorfer is a member of the NISAR Science Team and has been involved in formulating this mission since its inception. The talk will provide an overview of SAR principles for environmental monitoring with examples from existing missions, the NISAR satellite and mission concept, and how the massive data flow from this mission (about 70 terabytes per day) can be handled with modern cloud computing assets.
Monday, January 30, 2023, 5–6 p.m. EST
Shah Hall, Room 305, 21 University Avenue Lowell, MA 01854