Niels Skou
Danish Center for Remote Sensing,
Dept. of Electromagnetic Systems, B 348,
Technical University of Denmark.
DK 2800 Lyngby, Denmark.
Phone: (45) 45 88 14 44, Fax: (45) 45 93 16 34

Niels Skou received the M. Sc. (1972), Ph. D. (1981), and D. Sc. (1990) degrees from the Technical University of Denmark. He is currently professor at the Department of Electromagnetic Systems of the University. His research has been directed towards microwave remote sensing systems. He developed a scanning, multifrequency, airborne radiometer system used for sea ice measurements in the Arctic and oil pollution in European waters. Later this system was enhanced to full polarimetry. He has taken part in many ESA study contracts concerning future spaceborne radiometer systems, notably a pushbroom system for soil moisture and sea salinity. For several years he has worked with synthetic aperture radiometry and has taken an active part in the SMOS project.

Skou, N. (1989). "Microwave Radiometer Systems: Design & Analysis", Artech House, pp 162.

Skou, N. (1992). "Advanced Microwave Radiometer Concepts and Techniques", Proceedings of a Specialists Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing, Boulder, pp 8.

Skou, N. (1995). "Soil Moisture & Ocean Salinity - An Overview of Requirements and Passive Microwave Radiometer Options", Proceedings of the SMOS Consultative Meeting, ESTEC, pp 8.

Laursen, B. and N. Skou (1998). "Synthetic Aperture Radiometry Evaluated by a 2-channel Demonstration Model", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp 11.

Skou, N. and B. Laursen (1998). "Measurement of Ocean Wind Vector by an Airborne, Imaging, Polarimetric Radiometer", Radio Science, Vol 33, No. 3, pp 7.


Role in the SMOS mission:

Niels Skou will coordinate the campaign work to be carried out pre- as well as post-launch. He has arranged and taken part in many airborne campaigns in Europa, Greenland, and Antarctica, dealing with subjects as: sea ice, wind vector over oceans, oil pollution at sea, ice cap and glacier thichness.