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Course Information | InSAR Theory & Processing

Dates: Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17, 2018
Location: UNAVCO, Boulder, CO
Times: Course will begin at 8:00 am on August 13 and end at 12 noon on August 17

Application deadline has passed. Registration is closed.

This 4.5-day course will cover basic and advanced InSAR theories, InSAR processing with JPL/Caltech/Stanford InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE), and time-series InSAR processing with interferometric products generated by different processing centers.

Brief Agenda

  • 1/2 day: InSAR theory
  • 1 day: Stripmap InSAR processing with ISCE including lab exercises and discussion of ionospheric corrections
  • 1/2 day: TOPS InSAR processing with ISCE including lab exercises
  • 1/2 day: Post-processing radar data products with GDAL
  • 1/2 day: Troposphere corrections for InSAR including lab exercises
  • 1/3 day: Accessing data from processed InSAR archives
  • 2/3 day: Time-series analysis exercise with interferogram products from an archive
  • 1/2 day: Processing your own data; informal presentation by participants / team exercises

Prerequisite, Computers and Data

  • Students will be expected to know basic Unix/Linux command line usage and basic Python programming, and have done basic InSAR processing in the past.
  • Students should review materials from 2015 and 2016 InSAR Processing with ISCE, GIAnT, and StaMPS training courses.
  • Students must apply for WInSAR data access through their university representative if they don't already have a WInSAR account. In addition, it would be helpful if participants apply for access NASA earthdata account and are able to access ALOS PALSAR and Sentinel-1 datasets via ASF.
  • Participants should bring their own laptop computer to access virtual machines where the software will be installed, and should have Python3 installed.


  • Paul Rosen (JPL)
  • Piyush Agram (JPL)
  • David Bekaert (JPL)
  • Heresh Fattahi (JPL)
  • Gareth Funning (UC Riverside)
  • Scott Baker (UNAVCO)

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.


Please contact Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO:


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