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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) Guides

The guides listed below are designed to help researchers understand and use synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR (InSAR, sometimes called IfSAR) data and imagery. ASF welcomes suggestions of guides to add to this list.

Past Courses

GEOS 657 Microwave Remote SensingDr. Franz Meyer's lecture slides, labs, and reading list are
available to all.
ARSET Applied Remote Sensing TrainingGeared to disaster response, ARSET offered an InSAR course.
The materials are available to all.

SAR Guides

 Fundamentals of Remote SensingNatural Resources Canada. Online comprehensive guide: concepts, image interpretation, applications. Clear writing, helpful illustrations. 
Earth Observation CollegeHighly Recommended. Online In-depth comprehensive lessons and tutorials from concepts to applications.
ASF SAR User's Guide  pdf iconIn 1993, when ASF was still named the Alaska SAR Facility, ASF produced a definitive synthetic aperture radar (SAR) User's Guide that scientists continue to use today. Dense text, equations.
NOAA SAR Marine User's Manual The 2004 NOAA synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Marine User's Manual, which starts with principles of synthetic aperture radar, is 464 pages long, with over 240 images and figures.
Radar and SAR GlossaryComprehensive European Space Agency (ESA) list of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) terms and concepts, with figures.
The ASAR User GuideESA's guide to the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) instrument on the ENVISAT mission includes a great deal of widely relevant content, including a Scientific Background section.

InSAR Guides

GMTSAR: An InSAR Processing System Based on Generic Mapping Tools2011 guide for an open-source InSAR processing system designed for users familiar with Generic Mapping Tools; the GMTSAR system is available here.
Delft Object-oriented Radar Interferometric Software User’s manual and technical documentation2008 technical documentation and information for Delft open-source software, one of many options for processing InSAR.

ASF Tools and Software

Convert to Vector
SAR Training Processor

Other Tools and Software

Get SAR Data

Get SAR Data

Select and download SAR data online using Vertex.

Use the ASF API for downloading SAR data via a command line.