TU Vienna - The department responsible for carrying out the work within this project is the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (I.P.F), which has accumulated vast expertise and experience in SAR based water information products. Specifically, it has significant expertise in the development and application of flood and soil moisture related products. I.P.F. is now one of the leading research groups on the subject of soil moisture retrieval and monitoring of other land-surface hydrologic processes (water, wetlands, freeze/thaw status). On behalf of EUMETSAT and as partner of different Satellite Application Facilities (Hydrology SAF, NWP SAF, Land SAF) it has developed software for near-real-time processing of METOP ASCAT data to obtain global surface soil moisture product and further value-added soil moisture products. The I.P.F. has also built up processing chains for ENVISAT ASAR ScanSAR for delivering hydrologic land surface products (1 km soil moisture products, soil moisture scaling layer, and dynamic wetland information). The I.P.F. has been participating in related international research projects funded by the European Commission and the European Space Agency such as:

  • International Soil Moisture Network (ESA SMOS Project)
  • GMES Sentinel-1 Soil Moisture Algorithm Development (ESA Sentinel-1 Project)
  • GLOWASIS: GMES Global Water Scarcity Information Service (EC FP7)
  • GEOLAND I & II (EC FP6 & 7)
  • Soil moisture for hydrologic applications in the SADC region (ESA DUE TIGER SHARE)
  • Climate Change Indicator Soil Moisture (ESA CCI project)

More information on TU Vienna and I.P.F. is available at the institute website, https://geo.tuwien.ac.at/.