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Course Information | InSAR - Data Interpretation and Analysis for Nonspecialists @ GSA

Date: Saturday November 3, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm ET (GMT -4)
Location: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus, Business/SPEA Building, Rm 2001
(IUPUI campus is about 1.5 km from the Indianapolis Convention Center where GSA is being held November 4-7, 2018)
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This course is completed but associated presentation files and some video lectures are available below.


In this full-day short course, we focus on the interpretation of processed InSAR data and how these data can be analyzed and modeled. The expansion of cloud-based routine processing efforts accompanying the Sentinel-1 mission, and in anticipation of the forthcoming NISAR mission, have dramatically expanded the volume of processed InSAR data in the public domain, providing access to InSAR data products without the need to learn InSAR processing. This workshop is targeted at researchers who would like to use these processed products effectively. Topics to be covered include: background theory and processing methodology, data errors and common issues, satellite missions and processed data repositories, time series analysis, data interpretation, ingesting data into modeling efforts, and teaching about InSAR to undergraduates.


Participants will: 

  • Learn the InSAR background theory, processing methods, and common errors sources
  • Know the different types of InSAR satellites and data sources
  • Learn how to interpret processed InSAR data for a variety of geoscience applications including InSAR time series
  • Be able to access online educational resources related to teaching InSAR to undergraduate majors


Gareth Funning, University of California Riverside


Please contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Course Materials

In-person participants should bring a laptop.
Virtual participants should print the two exercises.


Please note that although the short course content will start at 8:30 am, in-person participants can join us for coffee starting at 8 am and virtual participants should plan to test their connection prior to 8:30 to make sure everything is working.

Time Topic
8:00–8:30 Arrival, set-up, coffee
8:30–8:40 Introduction and logistics

InSAR applications (3 Mb pdf)

  • no video recorded

InSAR theory and interferogram processing (3 Mb pdf)


SAR satellite missions and processed data repositories (2 Mb pdf)

10:15–10:30 BREAK

InSAR deformation, noise and errors (5 Mb pdf)

11:30–12:00 Exercise: Interpreting InSAR data: the 1995 Dinar earthquake (2 Mb zip)
12:00–1:30 LUNCH

InSAR time series analysis: applications, background and theory (3 Mb pdf)

3:15–3:30 BREAK
3:30–4:15 From InSAR range change to surface displacements and models (2 Mb pdf)

Exercise: Interpreting InSAR lines of sight and directions of motion (10 Mb zip)


Wrap-up and feedback survey



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