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InSAR Processing and Theory with GMTSAR: Sentinel-1A Time Series

Dates: Wednesday August 10 - Friday August 12, 2016
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
Times: Course will begin at 9 AM on August 10 and end an 12 PM on August 12.

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. Contact David Sandwell dsandwellucsd.edu with questions.

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 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.

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 sites:

Students must apply for WInSAR data access through their (WInSAR University representative) 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, dsandwellucsd.edu
  • Rob Mellors, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Paul Wessel, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Xiaohua Xu, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Kurt Feigl, University of Wisconsin
  • Scott Baker, UNAVCO
  • Katia Tymofyeyeva, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Matt Wei, University of Rhode Island

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