Our SAR Stars
Every Friday, Sisters of SAR features the work, accomplishments and life of one exceptional women in SAR at any stage of her career. Below you will find all the SAR Stars featured so far.
If you are looking for Women in SAR, look no further.
Senior Research Scientist, John Hopkins APL
- ML for SAR for Arctic sea ice drift measurements
- optical & SAR for whiting detection in the Bahama Banks
Scientist, ESA Climate Office
Dr. Anna Maria Trofair
- Radar Remote sensing of the polar landscape using active & passive data
- technical officer for ESA managing various R&D projects for the cryosphere
EO Data Scientist, @CGI_NL
-PS & DS in the estimation of settlements of Greenhouses in subsidence prone regions of NL
-EO + socioeconomic models for policy change in agriculture
Remote Sensing Scientist - FiniteCarbon
PhD Candidate @ University of Calgary
- SAR & Optical data
- maritime surveillance, hazard detection, forest monitoring
-machine learning for agriculture
Technical Project Manager, Sparkgeo
- creator of the podcast #SARtastic Beasts and where to find them
- InSAR to study permafrost and wildfires in Arctic and Subartic Canada and Finland
Researcher, INAIGEM, Peru
Valeria Llactayo Peña
- determining the effects of precipitation in mass-balance gradients on the glacier Huaytapallana, Peru using Sentinel-1 and ground radar stations
Solutions Owner, Fugro, The Netherlands
Dr. Pooja Mahapatra
-disaster Resilience Working group of WGICouncil member
- INSAR for subsidence
Satellite Solutions Architect, Satellite Applications Catapult, UK
-uses GEOINT data to support EO applications
- IUU fishing detection using Sentinel-1 & InSAR
EO Scientist & co-owner Pixelytics
Dr. Samantha Lavender
detecting plastic waste (marine & terrestrial) using Machine Learning applied to Sentinel-1 & Sentinel-2
- co-author practical Handbook for Remote Sensing
Regional Science Associate for
SERVIRGlobal, Huntsville, AL
RTC product comparison project, SAR for Disaster rapid mapping, working on SAR-CB
Research Scientist, IREA-CNR, Italy
interpretation & modelling of microwave scattering from land surfaces, inversion of microwave data into land bio-geophysical parameters, integration of multifrequency & multiplatform SAR measurements for soilmoisture retrieval
Senior Teaching fellow, Dept. of Earth science & engineering, Imperial college, London
translation of InSAR & imaging spectroscopy to assist in the understanding of geological features & processes on other Earth-like planets, such as Venus & Mars, science study team member of ESA's EnVision mission
Remote Sensing scientist, Vito Remote sensing, Belgium
EO projects related to water and coastal applications, deep learning & EO to support environmental policy makers in Flanders.
PhD Topic - Flood mapping from SAR using automated image classification techniques.
3rd year PhD Student, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
SAR for studying snowpack dynamics (when snow starts melting, how long it melts in watersheds), uses SAR timeseries minima as a proxy for snowpack saturation & examines the impact of slope, elevation, aspect, land cover and polarization on these estimates.
Research Scientist, University of Alabama Huntsville, NASA SERVIR coordination lead for Amazonia & Land Cover Land Use Change & Ecosystems Lead
SAR Champion; First editor of the SAR Handbook; co-I of NASA funded project "SAR Remote Sensing Capacity Building Center", multiple webinars & trainings explaining basics of SAR & to lower the barrier to get access and process SAR for Ecosystem applications”.
PhD Student, Glaciology, University of Waterloo
Uses SAR to map & monitor the progression of melt across the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Looking at hundreds of SAR images from Sentinel-1 & RADARSAT-2 archives to map glacier melt intensity to understand the impacts of climate change on glaciers & ice caps in the Canadian Arctic.
Lecturer in Physical Geography, Department Leader for EDI at the University of Manchester
Dr. Polyanna Bispo
Geomorphometry, SAR & Lidar applied to forest conservation & ecology, ecosystem process &modelling, forest dynamic & disturbances, forest response to multiple environment stressors, Amazon & Brazilian Savanna Biomes.
Working with SAR imagery like Sentinel-1 for PSInSAR techniques & continues with project work on DG_DEFIS and CLMS user uptake & communication strategies; previous work focused on ground deformation, volcanic & seismic hazards, InSAR & Laser.
Professor of Data Assimilation,
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics & Dept. of Meteorology, Univ. of Reading
Senior Fellow, Digital Technology for Living with Environmental Change
Dr. Sarah Dance
Data assimilation for applications in hazardous weather and flooding
Using SAR images in combination with a hydrodynamic flood inundation model to improve flood forecasts, predict how floods spread, estimate flood footprint for insurance loss adjustment & future flood risk management
Graduate student, University of Maryland
Studying geophysics with a focus on natural hazards; active tectonics, structural, and geomorphology. Using SAR & GIS to monitor surface deformation caused by natural disaster events such as floods, landslides, and wildfires, as well as anthropogenic geohazards.
Associate Professor, Universidad de Extremadura | UNEX · Department of Graphic Expression
Dr. Elia Quiros
Teaching remote sensing & GIS to the next generation. SAR to validate flood risk maps of different return periods; remote sensing for land cover-crop intelligent detection system - & applications of remote sensing in archaeology.
Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES)
Dr. Laura Bourgeau-Chavez
Characterise and measure landscape ecosystems, fusion of SAR and multispectral data for mapping and monitoring wetlands and monitoring soil moisture for fire danger prediction in Boreal regions.
Professor, Dept. of Geoscience & remote sensing, TU Delft, Netherlands
Project lead- Microwaves for Water in Vegetation (M-Wave)
Dr. Susan Steele-Dunne
microwave remote sensing to monitor the transport of water through vegetation from the land surface to the atmosphere in order to understand the role of vegetation in the water, energy and carbon cycles
Physical Scientist, Environment & Climate Change Canada
PhD Student, Carleton University
Sarah N. Banks
Uses SAR for classification, change detection, time-series analysis of wetlands. PhD is focused on time-series analysis of Sentinel-1, NISAR & RCM SAR data. Passionate about teaching SAR & Random Forest classifiers
Research associate, University of Alabama Huntsville
Mekong Regional Science Associate, SERVIR Global
SAR Capacity Building Lead
Andréa P Nicolau
PhD Student, University of Waterloo
Social Media Ambassador, IEEE GRSS, IDEA
Using SAR for snow science & surface water hydrology. Utilizing remote sensing observations and modelling to inform water resource management under current and future climate projections
Remote Sensing Analyst, Remote Sensing Solutions
Dr. Flávia Mendes
Focusing on forest, agriculture & land use change in tropical forests using SAR & optical images. Champion of inclusivity & diversity in remote sensing.
PhD Student, University of Victoria
Imaging large earthquake ruptures in space and time using InSAR data and modelling, satellite optical image correlation, and back-projection seismology
Dr. Mariko Burgin
Mission formulation and novel mission concepts for Earth & Mars, EM modeling of land & ocean surfaces on Earth & Mars with large-scale ML processing techniques using SAR & radiometer, optical & other sensors, global algorithms for soil moisture & sea ice retrievals & marine debris detection using P-, L-, C-, & X-band SAR data
PhD Student, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon
InSAR for surface & sub-surface processes at #volcanoes. Understanding long term subsidence of Pycroclastic flow deposits from 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption using InSAR. Studied persistently restless Telica volcano with InSAR from COSMO_SkyMed
Outstanding @SistersofSAR Contributor
Monitoring flood inundation on the island of Bhasan Char using SAR & GEE using Sentinel-1 data
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
Dr. Iryna Dronova
Combining field ecological methods & remote sensing, GIS & spatial analysis to analyse multi-scale structure of ecosystems, to facilitate scaling of ecological processes from local to regional levels.
VP Analytics, ICEYE
Dr. Shay B Strong
Building a team of scientists for leveraging HR SAR imagery for natural catastrophe assessment; using LiDARs for profiling aerosol content in the atmosphere; built a geospatial machine learning team focused on deep learning for water resource and natural catastrophe management.
Earth Observation Engineer & Project Manager, GMV
Dr. Elsa Carla D
Using SAR for projects including flood mapping; infrastructure assessment; landcover mapping & others! Developing & testing novel approaches to extract forest structure information from combination of InSAR/LiDAR & wavelet space-scale analysis.
Post doctoral research fellow, British Institute in Eastern Africa
Dr. Pamela Ochungo Mulaku
Using Sentinel-1 fused with Sentinel-2 to map potential honeybee habitats in Kenya. Using multi-platform, multi-band, multi-polarization, high resolution SAR systems, Machine Learning classification algorithms for detecting archeological sites & monuments
Lead Earth Observation Scientist, Digital Earth Africa
Dr. Fang Yuan
Bringing ARD SAR into the Open Data Cube platforms for Australia & Africa. Building an operational platform in Africa that will provide free & open Earth Observation data to support Africa’s sustainable development goals.
Graduate Student, University of Ferrara
Compared ground truth data of soil moisture content from gamma ray spectroscopy (a nuclear physics technique) with backscattering data from Sentinel-1. Wants to find a site-specific linear relation between soil moisture & 𝜎^0 to estimate soil moisture using only Sentinel-1 data from 3 different orbits.
PhD Student, Cornell University
Looking at InSAR processing techniques over agricultural areas, especially areas of groundwater extraction. Current project is evaluating filtering & unwrapping techniques on data over the Central Valley, CA
Research Scientist, Global Water Futures, University of Waterloo
Dr. Kiana Zolfaghari
Involved in the lake monitoring project & applied AI on long time-series datasets of RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2 & Sentinel-1 data using the GEE downloading module; Applied AI on a combination of RADARSAT-2 & numerically-modelled data to improve soil moisture products for a crop disease risk assessment web tool;
GIS and Mapping Specialist, British Antarctic Survey
Uses Sentinel-1 to digitize the edges of ice shelves especially after a large iceberg has calved. This updated data is fed into other datasets such as the coastline file in the SCAR Antarctic Digital Database. Working with others to automate the extraction of features from SAR imagery.