• Overview

    gsistcWelcome! You are on to the web site of the Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing (FARS) Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. The aim of these pages is to provide information and resources, and to inform the general public about frequency allocation issues.

    The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society seeks to advance geoscience and remote sensing science and technology through scientific, technical and educational activities. The Society strives to promote a high level of technical excellence among its members by exchange of information through conferences, meetings, workshops, publications, and through its committees to provide for the needs of its members.

    FARS Mission

    The Frequency allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee goal is to interface between GRSS and the radio-frequency regulatory world by

    • educating the remote sensing community on spectrum management processes and issues;
    • promoting the development of radio frequency interference detection and mitigation technology;
    • organizing technical sessions at conferences, workshops, etc. on the above processes, issues and technologies;
    • providing spectrum managers and regulators with technical input and perspective from remote sensing scientists and engineers;
    • fostering the exchange of information between researchers in different fields, such as remote sensing, radio astronomy, telecommunications, etc. with the common scope of minimizing harmful interference between systems.

    Click here to join the FARS Technical Committee

    If you have comments or contributions to these pages please contact FARS by email at fars_chairs@grss-ieee.org

  • Organization

    The FARS Technical Committee encourages participation from all its members. The committee organization includes the Chair, two Co-Chairs, a Secretary and an Adviser on Spectrum Management.

    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Chair

    Dr. Paolo de Matthaeis
    Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research Center (GESTAR)
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Greenbelt, Maryland
    Email: paolo.dematthaeis@nasa.gov

    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Co-Chair

    Dr. Roger Oliva Balague
    Department of Earth Observation Projects
    European Space Agency
    Email: Roger.Oliva.Balague@esa.int

    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Co-Chair

    Dr. Tobias Bollian
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Email: tobias.bollian@dlr.de

    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Advisor on Spectrum Management

    Mr. Thomas von Deak
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – consultant
    Email: radioregulations@gmail.com
  • Links

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  • Tools

    Welcome to the IEEE GRSS database of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) observations and frequency allocations for remote sensing. These online tools are still under development and enable one to:

    • list RFI observations in tabular form and locate them on a map.
    • lookup and display frequency allocations, with particular attention to those for EESS (Earth Exploration Satellite Service);

    Selection criteria include country or ITU region, frequency range or frequency band (according to IEEE designation), as well as date range.

    A brief tutorial on how to use the RFI observations tool is available here

    Funding for developing these web applications is being provided by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

    The database of RFI observation has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the SMOS and SMAP project teams to the RFI observation database. It is not intended to cover all occurrences of existing interference affecting these sensors. In addition, RFI may still be present in other EESS bands, even if it is not reported here.

    RFI Observations Frequency Allocations

    Useful Links

    Remote sensing instruments and missions:

    RFI detection and localization

    for SMOS

    Oliva, Roger; Daganzo, Elena; Richaume, Philippe; Kerr, Y; Cabot, Francois; Soldo, Y; Anterrieu, Eric; Reul, Nicolas; Gutierrez, Antonio; Barbosa, Jose; Lopes, G. “Status of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) in the 1400–1427MHz passive band based on six years of SMOS mission,” Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 180, 2016.

    Yan Soldo, François Cabot, Ali Khazaal, Maciej Miernecki, Ewa Słomińska, Rémy Fieuzal, and Yann H. Kerr, “Localization of RFI Sources for the SMOS Mission: A Means for Assessing SMOS Pointing Performances,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Vol. 8, No. 2, February 2015.

    for SMAP radiometer

    Jeffrey R. Piepmeier, Joel T. Johnson, Priscilla N. Mohammed, Damon Bradley, Christopher Ruf, Mustafa Aksoy, Rafael Garcia, Derek Hudson, Lynn Miles, and Mark Wong, “Radio-Frequency Interference Mitigation for the Soil Moisture Active Passive Microwave Radiometer,” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2014.

    Soldo, Y., Le Vine, D.M., Bringer, A., de Matthaeis, P., Oliva, R., Johnson, J.T. and Piepmeier, J.R., “Location of Radio-Frequency Interference Sources Using the SMAP L-Band Radiometer,” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 99, pp.1-13, 2018.

  • Join Fars

    About joining the Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Committee

    Membership in the FARS Technical committee shall be open to anyone interested in issues related to frequency allocations for remote sensing. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Society membership is encouraged, but not required to join the FARS Technical Committee.

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  • Current Members

    Current membership (as of February 2020):

    Last Name First Name Affiliation Country
    Sunita Amity university, noida India
    Adams Ian S. Naval Research Lab USA
    Ahmad Touseef Space Applications Centre Ahmedabad India
    Aksoy Mustafa University at Albany, SUNY USA
    Al-Khaldi Mohammad ElectroScience Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University USA
    Awuviri Alexander RFMICROTEK Ghana
    Barbosa Jose DEIMOS, Lisbon Portugal
    Benson Michael The University of Michigan, Radiation Lab USA
    Bettenhausen Michael Naval Research Lab USA
    Blackwell William J. MIT Lincoln Lab USA
    Bollian Tobias DLR Germany
    Boopathi Nithyaprij IITB-MonaXXX Belarus
    Borade Vivek Unknown India
    Bosch Javier JPL USA
    Bose Soumojit Center for Environmental Technology (CET) at CU Boulder USA
    Bradley Damon NASA Goddard SPace Flight Center USA
    Brewer Marty Remote Sensing Systems USA
    Bringer Alexandra ElectroScience Laboratory, The Ohio State University USA
    Brown Shannon NASA JPL USA
    Bruzzone Lorenzo Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Trento Italy
    Buch Kaushal D. Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope India
    Cabot Francois CUES France
    Cadirola Martin Ecotronics Ventures LLC USA
    Camps Adriano Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya and IEEC/UPC, Barcelona Spain
    Castro Rita Deimos Engenharia, Lisbon Portugal
    Chae Chun Sik NASA JPL USA
    Chandra Madhu Department of Microwave Engineering and Photonics, Chemnitz University of Technology Germany
    Chauhan Narinder S. NPOESS/IPO/The Aerospace Corp. USA
    Chen David AOSS Dept, The University of Michigan USA
    Crapolicchio Raffaele Serco Italy
    Cruz-Pol Sandra University of Peurto Rico at Mayagüez USA
    Daganzo-Eusebio Elena ESA The Netherlands
    De Amici Giovanni NASA Goddard SPace Flight Center USA
    DeBoer David Radio Astronomy Lab, University of California at Berkeley USA
    de Matthaeis Paolo NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Deng Yu Alion Science & Technology USA
    Dewhurst Brian NASA, Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation USA
    Dobson Craig NASA USA
    Dong Xiaolong National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
    Eichen Elliot Retired. Currently IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow USA
    Ellingson Steven W. ECE Dept, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University USA
    Emery William (Bill) University of Colorado USA
    England Anthony (Tony) Dean, College of Engineering, Univ. of Michigan, Dearborn USA
    Farrar Spencer Lee The Aerospace Corporation USA
    Ford John National Radio Astronomy Observatory, WV USA
    Freedman Adam NASA JPL USA
    Gabarro Carolina Institut de Ciències del Mar, ICM-CSIC, and the SMOS Barcelona Expert Centre Spain
    Gaier Todd NASA JPL USA
    Gaikwad Sandeep Vasant Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University India
    Gaiser Peter Naval Research Lab USA
    Gasiewski Al ECE Dept, University of Colorado at Boulder USA
    Gite Hanumant Dept. of Computer Sci India
    Golbonhaghighi Mohammadhossein University of Oklahoma USA
    Gonzalez Gambau Veronica Barcelona Expert Center CSIC Spain
    Hardy Caroline University of Johannesburg South Africa
    He Jieying University of Colorado, Boulder USA
    Hornbuckle Brian Iowa State University USA
    Horne William D. NASA HQ USA
    Inggs Mike Dept of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town South Africa
    Johnson Joel T. ElectroScience Lab, Ohio State University, USA
    Judge Jasmeet Dept of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida USA
    Keeler Jeff Advanced Radar Corp USA
    Kerr Yann Director of CESBIO (CNES/CNRS/UPS/IRD) France
    Khalsa Siri Jodha U.Colo./NSIDC USA
    Khalsa Siri Jodha Univ. of Colorado, Boulder USA
    Kim Duk-jin Seoul National University South Korea
    Kim Ed NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Kim Seungbum NASA JPL USA
    Kristensen Steen Savstrup Technical University of Denmark Denmark
    Kummerow Chris Dept of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University USA
    Kunkee David The Aerospace Corp. USA
    Lagerloef Gary President, Earth and Space Research Institute USA
    Lamb Mark Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles USA
    Le Vine David NASA Goddard SPace Flight Center USA
    Lecompte Malcolm ECSU USA
    Li Li Naval Research Lab USA
    Lim Boon NASA JPL USA
    Limbach Markus DLR Germany
    Liou Yuei-An Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University Taiwan
    Llorente Álvaro ESA Spain
    Long David Brigham Young University USA
    Lubar David Spectrum Management GOES-R Program, The Aerospace Corporation, Denver, Colorado USA
    Maloney Patricia The Aerospace Corporation USA
    Mango Stephen National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System USA
    Markov Vladislav Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Russia
    Martin-Neira Manuel ESA-ESTEC The Netherlands
    Martin-Porqueras Fernando IDEAS, ESAC Spain
    Martinez Justino Barcelona Expert Center – ICM – CSIC Spain
    McKague Darren AOSS Dept, The University of Michigan USA
    Mentzer James NOAA – NESDIS/OSD USA
    Miao Yuanjing National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
    Milani Luca Sapienza – University of Rome Italy
    Misra Sidhart NASA JPL USA
    Mohammed Priscilla N. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Narayanan Ram Dept of Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University USA
    Natsuaki Ryo The University of Toyko Japan
    Nguyen Ngoc Tie Hohai University China
    Ogut Mehmet NASA JPL/Caltech USA
    Oliva Roger ESA France
    Padmanabhan Sharmila NASA JPL USA
    Pampaloni Paolo Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR Italy
    Panditrao Satej NRSC India
    Park Hyuk Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Spain
    Peichl Markus DLR Germany
    Peng Jinzheng NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Periasamy Lavanya University of Colorado at Boulder USA
    Piepmeier Jeff NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Pierce Leland University of Michigan USA
    Piles Maria Universitat de València Spain
    Pla Jean CNES France
    Querol Jorge Spain
    Ramachandran Nareen
    Reising Steven Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University USA
    Richaume Philippe CNES, CESBIO France
    Rincon Rafael F. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Rommen Bjorn ESA, ESTEC The Netherlands
    Rosenkranz Phil Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
    Ruf Chris AOSS Dept, The University of Michigan USA
    Sagar Sachin MyWay Educational Charitable Trust India
    Salam Abdul University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA
    Schoenwald Adam NASA USA
    Shah Rashmi NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory USA
    Shibata Akira Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, Tsukuba, Japan Japan
    Singh Gulab IIT Bombay India
    Siqueira Paul University of Massachusetts USA
    Skofronick-Jackson Gail NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Skou Niels Technical University of Denmark Denmark
    Smith Craig Independent Contractor Australia
    Soebjaerg Sten National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Denmark
    Soldo Yan NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Song Lian Nanjing Agriculture University China
    St. Germain Karen USA
    Stefanidis Konstantinos NASA HQ Spectrum Management Office USA
    Su Jia Northwest Polytechnical University China
    Tanner Alan NASA JPL USA
    Tao Mingliang Northwestern Polytechnical University China
    Tedesco Marco Dept of Earth and Atmospheric Science, City University of New York USA
    Thomas Ivan Observatoire de Paris, Station de Radioastronomie France
    Toluwalope Ogunjo Samuel Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State Nigeria
    Tristan Philippe France
    Truesdale David Naval Research Lab USA
    Turek Scott (Robert S.) Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems USA
    Uranga Ekhi ESA Spain
    Ustuner Mustafa Yildiz Technical University Turkey
    Venkitasubramony Aravind CU Boulder, Dept of ECE USA
    Von Deak Thomas consultant USA
    Wang Tianlin University of Michigan USA
    Wentz Frank President and CEO of Remote Sensing Systems USA
    Wiesbeck Werner Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
    Williams Jonathan US National Science Foundation USA
    Wilson Bill Georgia Tech Research Institute USA
    Xu Xingou National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
    Zauderer Bevin Ashley US National Science Foundation USA
    Zhou Feng National Laboratory of Radar Signal Processing, Xidian University China
    Zhu Di National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences China
    Zuzek John NASA Remote Sensing Spectrum Program Manager USA
    kushwaha sunni kanta prasad Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee India
  • Additional Information

    List of Current and Past Chairs

    • 2020–present: Dr. Paolo de Matthaeis / Dr. Roger Oliva / Dr. Tobias Bollian
    • 2017–2020: Dr. Paolo de Matthaeis / Dr. Roger Oliva / Dr. Yan Soldo
    • 2013–2017: Dr. Sidharth Misra / Dr. Paolo de Matthaeis
    • 2011-2013: Dr. William Blackwell / Dr. Ian Adams
    • 2007-2009: Dr. Shannon Brown / Dr. Ian Adams
    • 2005-2007: Dr. Joel Johnson / Dr. Dave Kunkee & Dr. Shannon Brown
    • 2003-2005: Dr. David Kunkee / Dr. David DeBoer
    • 2002-2003: Dr. Chris Ruf / Dr. Ram Narayanan
    • 2001-2002: Dr. Ram Narayanan / Dr. Chris Ruf
    • 2000-2001: Dr. Ram Narayanan

    Presentations and minutes from past annual meetings

    Other Recent Meetings

    FARS-related Magazine Articles