An Introduction to the use of Satellite SAR data

Date: 26th November 2018 (2pm to 5.30pm)
Location: School of Physics, Science Centre North, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


This ½ day workshop will provide a high-level introduction to the use of Satellite SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) data including a review of relevant application areas, information on data distribution, product formatting and software tools available from ESA. The course will provide a high level description of the available instrument modes and products SAR data from the Sentinal 1 and Sentinal 2 satellites..

Course Objectives  

The purpose of the course is to help familiarise new-comers to the main techniques and tools for satellite SAR data analysis in a hands-on workshop environment.
The general introduction to SAR data will cover understanding SAR images, geo-referencing, imaging effects such as layover etc. and the workshop element of the course will involve participants in the use of the ESA SNAP software tools to perform SAR image manipulation using SAR data from the Sentinal 1 and Sentinal 2 satellites.

Who should Attend?  

  • Those people who would like to understand more about the background to satellite SAR data and receive hands-on experience of the practical tools available for the analysis of SAR data.

Course Agenda 

  • Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar image data analysis
  • In-depth description of the Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 mission’s SAR data products
  • Practical exercises in the manipulation of Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 SAR Images using ESA SNAP toolbox.

Course Structure 

The course is organized in two main sessions:

  • Session 1: A seminar  lasting 90 minutes, covering the introduction to SAR remote sensing and the ESA SNAP toolbox.
  • Session 2: A practical exercise lasting 120 minutes with hands-on manipulation of SAR images.

Course Instructor

Magdalena Fitrzyk, PhD. Remote Sensing Project Scientist, RSAC c/o ESA-ESRIN
Data Applications Division EOP-SD, Science, Applications and Climate Department
Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

Course Fee  

Participants from Industry – €100 (Ex.VAT)
This fee includes all course material,s access to computer hardware, refreshments etc.


There are a very limited number of places available and registration is required to attend. Please register for the course by sending a completed ESA SAR Workshop – Nov 26th 2018 – UCD – Booking Form to Catherine Lenehan, Network Manager, Space Industry Skillnet: Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:
Mobile: 087 2669528

Contact & Directions

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