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Welcome!

The Front Range Chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society was established in 2011 to serve GRSS members and the general public interested in geoscience and remote sensing in the Denver Colorado (USA) region and beyond. Please contact the Chapter Chair if you would like more information or are interested in presenting a technical s seminar at one of our chapter meetings. Our meetings are open to the general public; you do not need to be a member of IEEE/GRSS to present or attend.

Chapter Officers

Chapter Chair:  W. Neill Kefauver, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Chapter Vice-Chair:  William Emery,  University of Colorado at Boulder
Chapter Secretary: Thomas Kampe, NEON Inc., Boulder, Colorado
Chapter Treasurer:: David Newell, Ball Aerospace & Technologies,  Boulder, Colorado
Webmaster: Valery Zavorotny, NOAA/ESRL, Boulder Colorado; Vladimir Irisov, Spire, Boulder, Colorado

Upcoming Meetings

September 27, 2017

IEEE Joint MTT/APS/GRSS Denver Chapter Meeting, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Prof. Branislav Notaros


Higher Order Computational Electromagnetics and Its Applications in RF Design, MRI, and Meteorology

  • Time: 6:00 PM Refreshments / 6:30 PM Talk
  • Location: 1350 Pleasnat Drive, Boulder; Colorado. Please see online map.

  • This meeting will examine the research at Colorado State University (CSU), particularly that led by Prof. Branislav Notaros. The meeting is joint between GRSS, APS and MTT because the disciplines discussed are shared between these societies. A box meal will be provided to registrants

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    November 15, 2017

    Valery Zavorotny, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado.

    Remote sensing using GNSS bistatic radar of opportunity

  • Time: 6:00 PM Refreshments / 6:30 PM Talk
  • Location: Boulder; Colorado. Please see online map.

  • In the past decade there has been considerable interest in using signals of opportunity such as those from Global Navigation Satellite Systems for remote sensing of ocean, land, snow and ice. GNSS-reflected signals, after being received and processed by the airborne or spaceborne receiver, are available as delay correlation waveforms or as delay-Doppler maps. These bistatic signals collected from the ocean surface can be used for altimetric or wind-scatterometric purposes complimenting traditional monostatic radar techniques. Similarly, information about soil moisture, snow depth and vegetation can be inferred from GNSS reflected signals. The existing research has shown that GNSS reflectometry has the potential to be a low-cost, wide-coverage technique for studying Earth’s environmental processes.

    In the first part of the talk an overview will be given to above applications of GNSS bistatic reflectometry, whereas in the second part of the talk will focus on the measurements of ocean surface roughness, wind speed and direction using both aircraft and orbital bistatic radars. A theoretical forward model which relates the delay-Doppler map to the bistatic radar cross section, and then to statistical characteristics of the wind-driven waves will be discussed. Algorithms to retrieve wind speed and wind direction using delay-Doppler maps processed from the data collected by the GPS software receiver onboard the NOAA Gulfstream-IV jet aircraft will be demonstrated. Finally, experiments in current and future spaceborne GNSS bistatic radar missions such as the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission will be discussed

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    Previous Meetings

    April 7, 2015

    Professor Ignasi Corbella, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain and Visiting Scientist, CET, University of Colorado at Boulder
    The SMOS mission: Challenge and Success

  • Time: 6:30 PM Refreshments / 7:00 PM Talk
  • Location: Boulder; Colorado. Please see online map.
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    November 6, 2013

    GRSS Front Range Chapter EXCOM Organizational Meeting

  • Time: 18h00-19h00
  • Location: Boulder; Colorado. Please see online map.
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    October 16, 2013

    Michael D. King, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
    Remote Sensing of the Earth’s Environment from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

  • Time: 6:00 PM Refreshments / 6:30 PM Talk
  • Location: Boulder; Colorado. Please see online map.
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    April 11, 2011

    Thomas Kampe, NEON  Inc., Boulder, Colorado
    The Role of Airborne Remote Sensing in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

  • Time: 7:00 PM Refreshments / 7:30 PM Talk
  • Location: Discovery Learning Center (DLC) 1st Floor Meeting Room - University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado. Please see online map.
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