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The Institute for Remote Sensing Applications was set up in November 1988 as a result of the restructuring of the Joint Research Centre. 1989 saw the initiation and consolidation of a number of application-orientated projects in areas such as agricultural statistics, land use in European marginal regions, monitoring of vegetation in tropical and subtropical areas of West Africa and surveillance of marine environments and resources. Research into microwaves began, in view of the forthcoming launch of the European satellite ERS-1. Studies on the application of laser fluorescence led to the construction of an airborne LIDAR fluorosensor instrument, to be tested in flight during 1990. Two airborne measurement campaigns were organised in collaboration with the European Space Agency and with the participation of many European laboratories. The first, named MAESTRO 1, used a polarised synthesis aperture radar (SAR) with three frequency bands; the other, (named EISAC), used two different high resolution spectrometers. Areas over which these new sensors were flown included forestry, agriculture and oceanographic test sites.

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Authors: JRC, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13032 EN (1991) 90 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 7.50
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