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Course Information | InSAR Processing and Theory with GMTSAR

  • Dates: August 10-12, 2015
  • Time: 9 AM on August 10 and end at 12 PM on August 12.
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

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 stacking of interferograms and ScanSAR interferometry. For Questions contact David Sandwell

Homework: Finish by the beginning of the course.Details are on the Course Materials page

  • HOMEWORK 1 - UNIX and csh/tcsh
  • HOMEWORK 2 - Generic Mapping Tools (GMT5)
  • HOMEWORK 4 - SAR Data Access

Contact David Sandwell if you are having trouble with the GMT5 installation.

Brief Agenda

  • Install UNIX on laptop and complete UNIX tutorial prior to workshop.
  • Install and test Generic Mapping Tools GMT5 prior to workshop.
  • Day 1: Install and test GMTSAR. 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. Departures.

Computers and Data

Students should bring their own UNIX capable laptop computer with at least 4 Gbytes of memory.
Computer code, documentation, and sample data sets can be downloaded from the following site:

Students must apply for WInSAR data access through their University representative (WInSAR Membership) 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.

Other activities:

Optional beach time 5-6 PM.


  • David Sandwell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
  • Rob Mellors, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
  • Kurt Feigl, University of Wisconsin
  • Xiaopeng Tong, University of Washington
  • Scott Baker, UNAVCO
  • Paul Wessel, University of Hawaii

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