• Overview

    gsistcWelcome! You are connected to the web site of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society’s Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing (FARS) Committee. The aim of these pages is to provide FARS members access to 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.

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    FARS Charter

    To provide technical assessments, guidance and recommendations regarding matters of frequency sharing and interference between remote sensing and other uses of the radiowave spectrum.
    Objectives of FARS

    • Maintain up-to-date data base of: a) present and projected future user requirements for frequencies, bandwidths, and noise floor; b) Scientific rationale for all elements of item a; c) present and projected future sensor specifications (spaceborne, airborne and ground based) regarding frequencies, bandwidths, and noise floor.
    • Provide a standardized methodology for computing the appropriate link budgets to assess RFI between the most common types of remote sensing instruments and sources of interference.
    • Respond (re-actively) to: a) requests for instrument and user requirements information; and b) technical interference assessments from outside organizations and individuals
    • Pro-actively investigate potential interference problems.
    • Promote the development, analysis and dissemination to interested parties of interference mitigation techniques.

    If you have comments or contributions to these pages please contact one of the FARS leaders listed below.

    Dr. Paolo de Matthaeis
    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Chair
    Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research Center (GESTAR)
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Greenbelt, Maryland
    Email: pdematth@ieee.org

    Dr. Roger Oliva
    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Co-Chair
    Department of Earth Observation Projects
    European Space Agency
    Email: Roger.Oliva.Balague@esa.int

    Dr. Yan Soldo
    Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing Technical Committee Co-Chair
    Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research Center (GESTAR)
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Greenbelt, Maryland
    Email: yan.soldo@nasa.gov

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    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 April 19, 2018):

    Last Name First Name Affiliation Country
    Adams Ian S. Naval Research Lab USA
    Aksoy Mustafa NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    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
    Biswas Sayak Krishna USRA/NASA MSFC USA
    Boerner Wolfgang Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago USA
    Borade Vivek Unknown India
    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
    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
    Cruz-Pol Sandra UPR-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
    Ellingson Steven W. ECE Dept, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 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
    Gaiser Peter Naval Research Lab USA
    Gasiewski Al ECE Dept, University of Colorado at Boulder USA
    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 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) USA
    Kerr Yann Director of CESBIO (CNES/CNRS/UPS/IRD) France
    Khalsa Siri Jodha U.Colo./NSIDC USA
    Kim Duk-jin Seoul National University South Korea
    Kim Ed NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Kim Seungbum NASA JPL USA
    Kleynhans Waldo Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa
    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
    Lang David US National Academy of Sciences USA
    Laymon Charles USRA/Science and Technology Institute USA
    Lecompte Malcom Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina USA
    Le Vine David NASA Goddard SPace Flight Center 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
    Long David Brigham Young University USA
    Lubar David Spectrum Management GOES-R Program, The Aerospace Corporation, Denver, Colorado USA
    Maeda Korehiro The University of Tokyo Japan
    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
    McGinnis David NESDIS/NOAA USA
    McKague Darren AOSS Dept, The University of Michigan USA
    Mentzer James NOAA – NESDIS/OSD USA
    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
    Njoku Eni NASA JPL 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
    Picard Bruno CLS, France France
    Piepmeier Jeff NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    Pierce Leland University of Michigan USA
    Pla Jean CNES France
    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
    Shiue James NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA
    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
    St. Germain Karen Division Director for Communications Systems, Space and Intelligence Office, U.S. Department of Defense USA
    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
    Tristant Phillipe European Meteorological Network (EUMETNET) France
    Truesdale David Naval Research Lab USA
    Turek Scott (Robert S.) Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems USA
    Ustuner Mustafa Yildiz Technical University Turkey
    Venkitasubramony Aravind CU Boulder, Dept of ECE USA
    VonDeak Thomas NASA HQ Spectrum Management Office USA
    Wang Tianlin AOSS Dept, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA
    Wentz Frank President and CEO of Remote Sensing Systems USA
    Wiesbeck Werner Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
    Wilson Bill Georgia Tech Research Institute 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
  • Additional Information

    List of Current and Past Chairs

    • 2017–present: 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

    Upcoming meetings

    • The 2017 Annual FARS Technical Committee Meeting will be held during IGARSS 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

    FARS-related Magazine Articles

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    Related International and National Organizations


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