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Course Information | Advanced InSAR Processing

  • Dates: June 29 - July 2, 2015
  • Time: 9 AM on June 29 and end at 12 PM on July 2.
  • Location: UNAVCO Headquarters, 6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, CO
  • Registration for this course is currently closed.
  • Please contact Jaime Magliocca to be added to the wait list.

This 3.5-day course will cover advanced InSAR theory, InSAR processing with JPL/Caltech/Stanford InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE), time-series InSAR processing with Generic InSAR Analysis Toolbox (GIAnT), and StaMPS (Stanford Method for Persistent Scatterers) processing.


Brief Agenda

  • 1/2 day: InSAR theory and advanced InSAR processing concepts
  • 3/4 day: InSAR processing with ISCE, lab exercises
  • 1/2 day: Time-series InSAR processing with GIAnT, lab exercises
  • 1 3/4 day: StaMPS InSAR processing, lab exercises

Prerequisites, Computer, Software, and Data

Students will be expected to know basic Unix/Linux command line usage and basic Matlab programming, and have done basic InSAR processing in the past.

Participants should bring their own laptop computer to access virtual machines where the software will be installed, and

Students must apply for WInSAR data access through their University representative (WInSAR Membership) if they don't already have a WinSAR account. In addition, it would be helpful if participants apply for access to the ALOS PALSAR data at the Alaska Satellite Facility as a WInSAR member.

Additional requirements
  1. Additional disk space
    You will need at least 100 GB of free disk space on your laptop and preferably 200 GB if you want to do all the exercises without having to delete anything. This probably means bringing an external hard drive unless you have a laptop with very large internal drives.
  2. ISCE (Questions? Contact or for license issues)
    • Obtain an InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE) software license before installing ISCE on your computers. Your institution must be a member of WInSAR (Western North American Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Consortium). Visit the WInSAR page to determine if your organization is a member and if a signed ISCE license has been submitted: WInSAR Membership
    • If your institution is a WInSAR member, your institutional representative needs to sign the license for you.
      If your institution is not a WInSAR member, your institution will need to join WInSAR.
    • ISCE can be downloaded from the WInSAR page: ISCE
      The portfile to install the ISCE software using MacPorts, under Mac OS X is available here:
    • You will need a UNIX or Linux environment to run ISCE. So, MS Windows users should install Virtual Box and Vagrant and build a virtual machine following instructions here:
    • A pre-packaged VM will be provided as an alternative, during the class.
    • During the part of the course that involves running the ISCE software on your computer, those without an ISCE license can watch the demonstrations.
  3. StaMPS (Questions? Contact:
  4. Beam
    BEAM is an open-source toolbox and development platform for viewing, analysing and processing of remote sensing raster data.
  5. GMT
    GMT is an open source collection of about 80 command-line tools for manipulating geographic and Cartesian data sets and producing PostScript illustrations ranging from simple x–y plots via contour maps to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3D perspective views.
  6. Matlab
    You will need Matlab to complete the StaMPS activities. If you are at an educational institution you can purchase an education license through your university computing resources. Commercial versions (more expensive) are available directly from the Mathworks website. You should install Matlab before the course and make sure you have a license that you can use during the course.
  7. GIAnT (questions? Contact
    GIAnT is a software package to extract ground displacements from a stack of interferograms. This software is available under a GNU Public License from Caltech.
    A pre-packaged VM will be provided as an alternative, during the class.

Virtual Participation

This short course will be available via WebEx for those who would like to attend virtually. Please indicate when you register if you will be attending the meeting in Boulder or virtually.


  • Piyush Agram, JPL
  • Scott Baker, UNAVCO
  • Andy Hooper, University of Leeds
  • Eric Fielding, JPL
  • Zhong Lu, SMU

Last modified: 2019-12-24  01:25:49  America/Denver