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InSAR: An introduction to Processing and Applications for Geoscientists

August 13 - 15, 2012
UNAVCO, 6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, Colorado
Course will begin at 8am on Monday, August 13th and will end at 5pm on Wednesday, August 15th.

Course Materials for InSAR

The goal of this short course is to train scientists in the methods and practices of InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar), a powerful tool for measuring Earth surface deformation due to earthquakes, volcanic unrest, ground water migration, and anthropogenic activity. Terabytes of InSAR data were collected for the EarthScope program that spans the entire US. Training scientists new to InSAR for the interpretation of these important data sets is critical to the EarthScope mission. InSAR is also being increasingly used in studies of cryosphere (motion of glaciers and ice sheets) and atmosphere (water content in the troposphere). This short course will also help prepare scientists for exploiting data from upcoming InSAR-capable missions, including one currently being planned by NASA.

New techniques and applications of InSAR are being developing all the time, including stacking, time-series analysis of surface deformation, ScanSAR, polarimetric InSAR, and along-track interferometry. While this 3-day workshop will focus on the fundamentals of InSAR, basic processing and applications for new users, the knowledge gained should prepare attendees to better understand and utilize the newer techniques.

If you have considered using InSAR data and imagery in your research or want to learn more about how to apply InSAR to new areas of research, this workshop is for you. The course includes an overview of the technology and its application to Earth Science, a detailed introduction to the installation and use of the JPL/Caltech ROI_PAC processing package, and an overview of other processing packages. The related technique of pixel offset tracking or sub-pixel correlation with SAR images will also be covered. In extended hands-on sessions ("tinker time"), the students will use the ROI_PAC software to process example data. A half-day session will introduce a new processing package called the InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE), which is a joint endeavor between JPL and Stanford featuring modernized object-oriented code for greater extensibility, and support for newer platforms, including TerraSAR-X and COSMO-SkyMed. ISCE installation will be part of another hands-on session.

Paul Rosen, JPL; Eric Fielding, JPL; Walter Szeliga, Central Washington University; and Matthew Pritchard, Cornell University

These courses do not have a registration fee, but participants will pay their own travel and living expenses. UNAVCO will provide lunch and snacks during the short course. Scholarships are available for students who will utilize this information in their current research.

UNAVCO will provide computers equipped with all necessary components for this course.

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