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02-06 MAY 2023 UNIS | Svalbard

seasar 2023


Twenty years after ESA’s 2003 workshop on Coastal and Marine applications of SAR (ESA SP-565), the SeaSAR workshop is returning to Svalbard from 2-6 May 2023. The format of the workshop will be similar to the 2003 workshop and will be organized around keynote presentations and thematic discussions. The following targeting themes will be addressed:

  • Wave Retrievals
  • Near Surface Wind Retrievals and detection of Extremes
  • Doppler Shift Retrievals
  • Sea Ice Retrievals
  • Sensor Synergy
  • Methodology and Techniques
  • Future Missions
  • Applications (Oil Spill, Ship Detection, etc)


With focus on the targeted themes listed above, the main objectives of the workshop are:

  • To review the state-of-the-art in SAR-based geophysical parameter retrievals.
  • To identify knowledge gaps and deficiencies.
  • To identify distinct needs for validation. 
  • To propose novel approaches for advancing scientific research and applications.


Conference proceedings including:

  • Community white papers for each of the targeted themes.
  • A roadmap for priority research and development activities.
  • Recommendations for algorithm and new products development
  • Recommendations for advancing the use of operating and approved ESA and Copernicus SAR missions.

Submission of back-to-back papers in a scientific review journal.


The official language of the workshop is English. The workshop is organised around:

  • Keynote presentations for each of the targeted themes.
  • Extended plenary discussions with questions prepared by the Scientific Committee, ESA and the wider scientific community
  • Panel work and discussions
  • Panel reporting in plenary followed by questions and answers


The workshop is open to ESA principal investigators, co-investigators, Sentinel-1 users, scientists, students, representatives from national, European, and international space agencies and value adding industries. No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.
We aim to provide student grants for up to 10 young career researchers to attend the workshop.
Due to the capacity of the venue, the number of attendees will be limited to around 120.

Submission of Extended Abstracts

Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (abstracts should be single column, 2-3 pages long including figures, tables and references.) that address issues of key relevance to either of the targeted themes and the objectives. All submitted abstracts will collectively form the first input for the respective theme white paper.

Draft White Papers

The theme chair/co-chairs will edit and circulate the first draft theme papers to all contributing authors of extended abstracts. The revised theme papers will then be thoroughly presented and discussed at the workshop followed by a final editorial update and submission to the conference proceedings.


Organizing Committee

Yves-Louis Desnos

European Space Agency, ESA

Catherine Downy


Marcus Engdahl

European Space Agency (ESA)

Shridhar Jawak


Johnny A. Johannessen


Sabrina Lodadio

Serco c/o ESA

Nicolas Longepe

European Space Agency (ESA)

Jøran Idar Moen


Fabrizio Pera

Serco c/o ESA

Lasse H. Pettersson


Diego Fernandez Prieto

European Space Agency, ESA

Eero Rinne


Ulla Vayrynen

Serco c/o ESA

Scientific Committee

Bertrand Chapron

Ifremer, France

Fabrice Collard


Maria Michela Corvino

European Space Agency, ESA

Yves-Louis Desnos

European Space Agency, ESA

Wolfgang Dierking

The Arctic University of Norway

Craig Donlon

European Space Agency, ESA

Alejandro Egido

European Space Agency, ESA

Ralph Foster

University of Washington Seattle, USA

Lucile Gaultier


Christine Gommenginger

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK

Benjamin Holt

NASA JPL, United States

Romain Husson

CLS, France

Johnny A. Johannessen


Malin Johansson

The Arctic University of Norway

Harald Johnsen

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

Cathleen Jones

NASA JPL, United States

Marcel Kleinherenbrink

Delft University of Technology, NL

Anton Korosov


Ronald Kwok

University of Washington Seattle, USA

Paco Lopez-Dekker

Delft University of Technology

Artem Moiseev


Alexis Mouche

Ifremer, France

Francisco (Paco) Ocampo-Torres

CEMIE-Océano, Mexico

William Perrie

Bedford Institute of Oceanography, CA

Marcos Portabella

Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (CSIC/ICM), Spain

Diego Fernandez Prieto

European Space Agency, ESA

Roland Romeiser

RSMAS, University of Miami

Robert Shuchman

Michigan Technological University, USA

Ad Stoffelen

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Justin Stopa


Douglas Vandemark

Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), University of New Hampshire, USA

Schedule and Deadlines

1st announcementAugust 2022
Issue of Preliminary ProgrammeNovember 2022
Submission of extended abstracts13 February 2023
Registration of participationNow Open!
Notification of acceptance22/03/2023
Release of Final ProgrammeMid-April 2023
Workshop dates 02-06 May 2023

Venue and Accommodation

Book your accommodation (IMPORTANT)

For more information about where to stay in Longyearbyen visit the local tourist office website.

There are a range of prices for accommodation, with some of the more affordable options further out at Nybyen, about a 30-minute walk from Longyearbyen. We will therefore arrange a free bus to collect participants each morning and drop them off each evening. Taxis are also available.

A limited number of rooms were pre-booked for participants at Mary Ann Polarrigg; there are a few rooms still available from 2-6 May only. Please contact for information.

There are a range of prices for accommodation, with some of the more affordable options further out at Nybyen, about a 30-minute walk from Longyearbyen.

We will therefore arrange a free bus to collect participants each morning and drop them off each evening. Taxis are also available


It is important that participants book their flights and accommodation to Svalbard as soon as possible as the months of April and May are high season. Both SAS and Norwegian fly to Svalbard.

The workshop is scheduled so that participants taking flights that arrive on Tuesday 2nd May are in time to attend the start of the meeting.

Check additional logistics information.


University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS),
Longyearbyen 9170, Svalbard.

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