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

  • Dates: Wednesday August 8 – Friday August 10, 2018
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
  • Times: Course will begin at 9 AM on August 8 and end at 12 PM on August 10.

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, .

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.
  • See course materials and student presentations from last year: 2017 Course Materials

Computers and Data

Students should bring their own UNIX capable laptop computer with at least 8 Gbytes of memory and 40 Gbytes of free disk space.
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,
  • Scott Baker, UNAVCO
  • Anders Hogrelius, Earth Consultants International
  • Rob Mellors, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Paul Wessel, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Leonardo Uieda, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Xiaohua Xu, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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