Georadar Research Centre

Radar electromagnetic modeling

Full-wave radar modeling and inversion for non-destructive characterization of soils and materials.

Digital soil mapping

Mapping of the soil hydrogeophysical properties to support precision agriculture and environmental research.

Drone applications

Aerial shooting, photogrammetry and drone-georadar soil mapping.


Integrated hydrogeophysical inverse modeling to estimate the soil hydraulic properties.


Non-destructive testing

Inspection of roads, tree trunks and other materials using ground-penetrating radar (GPR).

Research expertise

The Georadar Research Centre of the Earth and Life Institute - Environmental Siences at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) integrates cutting-edge electromagnetic modeling and hydrogeophysics in both fundamental and applied research projects to enhance non-destructive imaging and characterization of subsurface and material properties using ultra wideband ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Initiated in 2000, this longstanding research has in particular been supported by the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS).

Radar modeling

Accurate modeling of the radar-antenna-medium system is essential in full-wave inversion schemes to estimate the physical properties of a medium. For the particular case of far-field GPR with applications to planar layered media, we introduced a closed-form, frequency-domain, radar equation that simultaneously accounts for all antenna effects through frequency-dependent global reflection and transmission coefficients and wave propagation in 3-D layered media through exact Green’s functions (Lambot et al., 2004). Research has been in particular carried out in close collaboration with Delft University of Technology (Prof. Evert Slob) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (Prof. Harry Vereecken). More recently, the approach has been generalized to near-field conditions (Lambot and André, 2014), as prevalent in GPR applications.

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Meet Our Research Group

Sébastien Lambot
Professor, FNRS Research Director

Ground-penetrating radar, hydrogeophysics, remote sensing, non-destructive-testing.

Kaijun Wu
PhD Student

Digital soil mapping using drone-borne ground-penetrating radar.

Giacomo Crucil
PhD Student

Drone-based multispectral sensing of soils. Co-promotion with Prof. Kristof Van Oost.

Arthur Sluyters
PhD Student

Gesture recognition using wideband radar. Co-promotion with Prof. Jean Vanderdonckt.

Lan Gao
PhD student

Visiting scientist from the University of Science and Technology of China.

François Jonard

Remote sensing, eco-hydrology, hydrogeophysics. Also at FZJ.

Chiara Dachena
PhD student

Visiting scientist from the University of Genoa.

Loïc Ory
Master thesis student (2020-2021)

Drone-borne radar for digital soil mapping.

Thibaut Parizel
Master thesis student (2020-2021)

Drone-borne radar for soil moisture monitoring.

Laura-Maria Palt
Master thesis student (2020-2021)

Geophysical characterization of the Château de Bousval vineyard.

Our Projects


Gesture recognition using wideband radar.

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Close range aerial sensing of soils for improved remote sensing products.

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Non-destructive road inspection using full-wave inversion of ultra wideband radar data.

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Non-destructive sensing of tree trunk internal structures and wood properties using microwave radar imaging and full-wave inversion.

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Optimization of an automated measuring device for the collection, transfer, processing and management of sewer data.

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Characterization of soil piping flow erosion networks using ground-penetrating radar and hydrological functioning.

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Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar.

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  • Villa gallo-romaine de Mageroy

    La villa gallo-romaine de Mageroy, située à Habay-la-Vieille, est étudiée depuis 1984 par le Groupe d'Archéologie de Habay (ARC-HAB). L'imagerie géoradar à haute résolution de plusieurs zones du site a dévoilé les détails des murs enfouis d'un bâtiment, un réseau de drains en pierre et des parties du mur d'enceinte. Les informations fournies par le géoradar sont très précieuses pour la planification des fouilles à venir.


Thank you for your interest in GPRLouvain

Earth and Life Institute
Environmental Sciences

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1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Brabant Wallon, Belgium

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