Spaceborne radar imagery – An under-utilized source of information for humanitarian relief

  • Andreas Braun Braun University of Tbingen
Keywords: Data collection, remote sensing, refugee camps, humanitarian operations, earth observation, monitoring, emergency response


This practical paper gives an overview about the widely unused potential of radar satellite imagery to assist humanitarian action. It briefly introduces the basic differences between optical and radar images and demonstrates the practical use of the latter in different settings based on their information content and their potential for multi-temporal analyses. It gives recommendations on further reading and closes with suggestions on the practical integration of radar data into humanitarian work.