We are forming a community-led InSAR Working Group dedicated to the advancement of radar remote sensing research. The potential of a robust InSAR observational capability has generated strong interest amongst the research and applications communities. The role of InSAR spans a broad spectrum of end uses including crustal deformation science related to earthquakes, volcanoes, hydrologic processes, ice sheet and glacier variability, vegetation structure, and disaster management. Long-term access to InSAR data will greatly advance our understanding of how these basic processes affect life on Earth. Consequently, the US scientific community should devise a long-term strategy for US InSAR activities, including the funding of dedicated US InSAR satellites, access to foreign SAR data, and continued education and advocacy for InSAR science.
Creation of an InSAR Working Group is timely and important for a number of reasons.
A three-day community workshop is planned to provide an assessment of current InSAR science research and mission technology and further define science objectives that can be addressed through the use of InSAR. The workshop will also include discussions of mission architecture scenarios, ideas for community education and advocacy, and the objectives and structure of an InSAR Working Group. The Workshop will be held October 20-22, 2004 at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, California. Travel funds for US participants have been secured from NASA. Foreign participants are invited, but are expected to fund their own travel.
The InSAR Working Group will coordinate with and report to NASA, the National Science Foundation, USGS, NOAA, the EarthScope Education and Science Advisory Committee, and other appropriate organizations such as the IPY planning group. The group will produce documents outlining the science drivers, targets, and requirements for an InSAR mission, and will participate in community advocacy for radar science. These efforts will help seed the development of opportunities and proposals to the appropriate government agencies.
This effort is being coordinated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).
Workshop Organizing Committee
Jill Andrews, California Institute of Technology