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InSAR Processing and Theory with GMTSAR: Sentinel-1A Time Series - Course Information
  • Dates: Wednesday August 16 – Friday August 18, 2017
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
  • Times: Course will begin at 9 AM on August 16 and end an 12 PM on August 18.

This 2.5 day course will cover the theory and application of InSAR processing with GMTSAR. Lectures and exercises will be given to teach the basic theoretical aspects of InSAR. Labs will include software installation, running test data sets for standard interferogram formation as well as more advanced processing for time series with Sentinel-1A TOPS-mode data. For Questions contact David Sandwell, dsandwellucsd.edu .

Prior to the workshop:

  • Install UNIX on laptop and complete UNIX tutorial prior to workshop.
  • Install and test Generic Mapping Tools GMT5 prior to workshop.
  • Students should apply for WInSAR data access through their University representative (http://winsar.unavco.org/reps.html) or apply for access through WInSAR and the Alaska Satellite Facility. Students are strongly encouraged to install the GMTSAR software prior to the workshop and should seek assistance from the instructors.

Brief agenda

  • Day 1: Install and test GMT5SAR. Presentations of theory on SAR and InSAR.
  • Day 2: Process interferograms for presentation. Presentations on accessing the SAR data archives at UNAVCO and ASF.
  • Day 3: Students present their InSAR results.
  • See course materials and student presentations from last year: 2016 Course Materials

Computers and Data

Students should bring their own UNIX capable laptop computer with at least 6 Gbytes of memory.
Computer code, documentation, and sample data sets can be downloaded from the following sites::

Other activities:

Optional beach time 5-6 PM.


  • David Sandwell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, dsandwellucsd.edu
  • Rob Mellors, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Paul Wessel, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Xiaohua Xu, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Scott Baker, UNAVCO
  • Katia Tymofyeyeva, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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