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2023 InSAR Processing and Analysis (ISCE+) Short Course

Date(s): August 21-25, 2023

This 5-day course will cover basic & advanced InSAR theory, InSAR processing with the JPL/Caltech InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE), methods for mitigating noise in InSAR data, access the ARIA standard InSAR product and prepare them for time-series analysis using ARIA-tools, InSAR time-series analysis with the MintPy software, pixel offset tracking, and basic data interpretation and modeling. Live lectures and demonstrations will be held on Zoom. For computing and training modules, we will use the Alaska Satellite Facility’s OpenScienceLab, which allows participants to execute real code on a remote server through a web browser. Pre-workshop training modules will allow participants to refresh important skills ahead of the course. Zoom-based “office hours” sessions held before and during the course provide opportunities for participants to ask questions and seek feedback. Additional, asynchronous means of communication will be provided via Slack.

Primary Audience: Graduate students, postdocs and early career scientists interested in using InSAR in their research.
Secondary Audience: Instructors who plan to teach InSAR processing and analysis.

Learning Objectives

In this course you will learn: 

  • How to process interferograms using the topsApp and stripmapApp workflows in ISCE
  • How to distinguish between different sources of noise in InSAR data and apply appropriate corrections
  • How to interpret interferograms and prepare them for modeling
  • How to use pixel offset tracking to measure large surface motions such as those related to glaciers and large earthquakes
  • How to use MintPy to perform time series analysis on coregistered stacks of InSAR data compiled using ARIA-tools

Prerequisite, Computers and Data

Participants should come prepared to participate in a Zoom virtual environment, which requires a computer and stable internet connection


Daily lecture and Office Hours recordings are available here.

Course Syllabus

August 21 – 25, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT, with 1 hour morning and evening office hours. 


Gareth Funning, University of California, Riverside
Franz Meyer, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Paul Rosen, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Heresh Fattahi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Zhang Yunjun, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Eric Fielding, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rowena Lohman, Cornell University
Kristy Tiampo, University of Colorado, Boulder
Ann Chen, University of Texas, Austin
Simran Sangha, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Brett Buzzanga, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Marin Govorcin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Brent Minchew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bryan Riel, Zhejiang University
Zach Hoppinen, Boise State University
Scott Henderson, University of Washington
Jack Tarricone, University of Nevada, Reno
Forrest Williams, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Becca Bussard, University of Oregon


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