SAR-EDU is a joint education initiave for Radar Remote Sensing, conducted and coordinated by Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and the German Aerospace Center.

Our goal is to provide knowledge about the basics, methods and applications of Radar Remote Sensing to users and scientists. We want to support the community by making Radar Remote Sensing an interesting, fun to learn topic.


SAR-EDU provides a vast supply of Lessons, Tutorials and Talks on Radar Remote Sensing. Feel free to browse and download material for your studies, research or teaching.


Aside of the teaching material, SAR-EDU provides further resources. Explore radar satellite sample data sets, a Radar Software Overview and useful links.


SAR-EDU is the product of a collaboration of many excellent institutions that provide their knowledge and research results to the community.


We checked all the ~2400 PPT-Slides for correctness and consistency. Feel free to report us your feedback on any errors you may encounter!


Communication is the key to an alive community. SAR-EDU provides the opportunity to communicate with your peers and exchange knowledge with them.


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The module structure

A brief Background

Since the 1970s, radar remote sensing techniques have evolved rapidly and are increasingly employed in all fields of Earth science. Applications are manifold and still expanding due to the continuous development of new instruments and missions and the availability of very high-quality data. The trend worldwide is towards operational employment of the various algorithms and methods that have been developed. However, the utilization of operational services does not yet keep up with the rate of technical developments and the improvements in sensor technology.

Germany's effort to implement the two X-Band Satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X is one of the ecent examples for a successful application of SAR data to monitor the earth from space. Also, on the European level, SAR remote sensing has a long tradition with ENVISAT and ERS-1/2. In the upcoming years the presence of microwave based remote sensing satellites in space will even increase. With Sentinel 1a/1b the European Space Agency (ESA) is continuing its global C-Band satellite missions. Furthermore the P-Band system BIOMASS is elected amongst the recent ESA Living Planet Candidate Earth Explorer Missions. Also, on a global scale, the availability of SAR sensors and missions is vast (e.g. RADARSAT-2 (C-Band), COSMO-SkyMed (X-Band) and still expanding in the near future (e.g. ALOS-2 (L-Band)). Hence, spaceborne SAR systems are available in X-, C- and L-Band (and potentially in P-Band) in dual- and full-polarization mode.

There is an urgent need to make expert knowledge accessible to a broader user community and to generate a better understanding of the advantages and potentials of radar remote sensing systems for earth sciences. Thus, the use of existing technologies, data and methods can be expanded and new fields of applications will develop.

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