|Organizer: IEEE Toronto Section, Electromagnetics and Radiation Joint|
|Title: Radar Remote Sensing of Vegetation: A Tool for Monitoring Global Warming|
Dr. Kamal Sarabandi
Dept. of Elect. Eng. & Comp. Science
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The phenomenon of global warming is attributed to the excess amount of carbon dioxide in the upper layer of the atmosphere which traps the thermal reradiation from the Earth's surface. A large portion of the earth's surface is covered with vegetation which play a very important role in the study of global change. Forest ecosystems control more than 50% of the seasonal change in atmospheric CO2 and are the dominant temporary storage of the terrestrial carbon pool as biomass.The ability to monitor the rate of deforestation and forest regrowth is of vital importance. Because of their ability to penetrate clouds and to some extent through vegetation, imaging radars at microwave frequencies have become a major tool for observing Earth's biosphere. In this presentation, an overview of our theoretical and experimental activities in retrieving forest parameters from multi-frequency, multi-polarization, and/or interferometric imaging radar systems will be given.
Dr. Kamal Sarabandi(S'87-M'90-SM'92-F'00) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1980. From 1980 to1984 he worked as a microwave engineer in Telecommunication Research Center. He entered the graduate program at the University of Michigan in 1984 and received the M.S.E. degree in electrical engineering in 1986, and the M.S. degree in mathematics and the Ph.D degree in electrical engineering in 1989. He is presently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer science at theUniversity of Michigan. Professor Sarabandi has 18 years of experience with microwave sensors and radar systems. In the past eight years he has served as the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on many projects sponsored by NASA, JPL, ARO, ONR, ARL, NSF and numerous industries. He has published many book chapters and more than 85 papers in refereed journals on electromagnetic scattering, random media modeling, wave propagation, microwave measurement techniques, radar calibration, application of neural networks in inverse scattering problems, and microwave sensors. He has also had more than 150 papers and invited presentations in national and international conferences and symposia on similar subjects. Dr. sarabandi is listed in American Men & Women of Science and who's who in electromagnetics. He is a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing ADCOM since January of 1998 and served as the Chairman of Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Southeastern Michigan chapter from 1992-98. He is also a member of Commission F of URSI and of The Electromagnetic Academy. He was a recipient of a 1996 Teaching Excellence Award, the 1997 Henry Russel Award from the Regent of The University of Michigan, and the 1999 GAAC Distinguished Lecturer Award from German Federal Ministry for Education, Science, and Technology.
|Time and Location: |
Wednesday, July 5th 2000, at 2:00 pm
Galbraith Building, Room GB 244
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
University of Toronto, 35 St. George Street
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
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