The Earth Observation group at the Institute of Space Sciences aims at understanding how the SoOP can be used for remote sensing of the Earth. We have three main areas of research, Radio Occultations, GNSS Reflectometry, and remote sensing using digital satellite TV signals.
We investigate which signal properties make this new way of remote sensing advantageous compared to other techniques, how they complement each other, and what are the instrumental implications for future remote sensing missions.
We achieve this by implementing our own instruments and using them in experimental campaigns, developing models and simulations tools, and by proposing and participating in GNSS-R space-borne missions, such as PARIS IoD, GEROS-ISS or G-TERN.
We are also involved in the development of new algorithms for the EUMETSAT's Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facility (ROM-SAF).
In addition, we are researching on the possibility to retrieve heavy rain estimates using polarimetric RO, for the first time ever. This new measurement technique was conceived at the ICE, and we are leading the ROHP-PAZ experiment on-board the PAZ satellite, its proof-of-concept experiment. PAZ is scheduled to be launched in February 2018.
We freely provide all our campaign data for scientific use at this website, together with some software tools. https://www.ice.csic.es/research/gold_rtr_mining/index.php