2nd EMSAfrica Summer School on the Basics and Applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring

Course dates

March 2021



Target group

The course is generally open to anyone, from university students and early-career researchers to people employed by government agencies or private companies. However, (southern African) people working in academia (i.e., from undergraduate students to PostDocs) are especially encouraged to participate and they can also apply for a slot funded by the BMBF to cover costs of travel and accommodation. An overall number of ten fully funded slots is available (see “Registration”).

Coordinating institution/ university

Department for Earth Observation, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany

SPACES projects

EMSAfrica (Ecosystem Management Support for Climate Change in Southern Africa) with contributions from SALDi (South African Land Degradation Monitor)

Teaching concept and aims

This course will teach the basics and applications of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) remote sensing for environmental monitoring. It will feature a mixture of theory lessons and corresponding practical tutorials. The latter will particularly focus on Sentinel-1 time series data (backscatter intensities) and their analysis with open source software (e.g., ESA’s SNAP toolbox, SARbian OS).

The summer school will use a flipped classroom approach for teaching. That is, each participant is required to complete the EO college "Echoes in Space" massive open online course (www.eo-college.org) before the actual 4-day hands-on training takes place. In this way, attendees will already have some basic knowledge about SAR remote sensing when the live course starts, making its implementation much more efficient. After the training, each participant will receive a certificate of achievement for successfully completing the 1st EMSAfrica Summer School on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Remote Sensing.

Important note

Attendees of the summer school are required to bring their own laptops and external hard drives in order to be able to take part in the practical tutorials. The following system parameters are recommended for the hands-on exercises:

  • Processors: 4 cores (64-bit)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: 128 MB
  • Disc space: 30 GB

Course teachers



TBA, registration will be opened typically a few months before course start

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