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

  • Andreas Braun University of Tübingen
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 radar images in different settings, based on their information content, and their potential for multi-temporal analyses. The paper gives recommendations on further reading, and closes with suggestions on the practical integration of radar data into humanitarian work.