I have been involved for several years in developing resources for professional training in InSAR and also developing activities for use in the classroom, partnering with colleagues at UNAVCO and JPL.
InSAR interpretation and analysis for nonspecialists
This is a 1-day short course that I taught a couple of times during my tenure on the WInSAR Executive Committee. As routinely-processed InSAR data becomes ever more available, and thus the barriers to using InSAR data are being lowered, we recognized a need for more conceptual training in use and understanding of InSAR data. This was the result, offered through UNAVCO!
November 2018 course, taught at GSA in Indianapolis (includes agenda, videos, slides and exercises)
Thanks to Beth Pratt-Sittuala at UNAVCO for facilitating the course!
InSAR theory and processing
This is a 5-day short course offered annually through EarthScope (and previously through UNAVCO), focusing on the technical details of SAR and InSAR theory, interferogram processing, interpretation, analysis and time series processing. The central tool used is the ISCE software, the JPL-developed processing suite for InSAR, but in recent years we have also included instruction on exploiting processed interferogram products using ARIA-tools and the MintPy time series processing software. Over the past few offerings, we have moved to delivering the majority of the material through Jupyter notebooks hosted by the OpenSARLab at ASF, which provide documentation and authentic commands and code in the same document. These notebooks are available for people to install on their own machines!
2023 course agenda and recordings (videos are unedited and long!)
Jupyter notebooks for the 2023 course (at Github)
2021 course agenda and recordings (videos are unedited and long!)
Notebooks for the 2019 and 2020 courses (at Github)
2020 course recordings (edited, but the text is sometimes difficult to read)
In this course, I am one of many instructors, and I bow to the technical expertise and knowledge of my colleagues (and benefit very much from the association): Paul Rosen, Piyush Agram, Heresh Fattahi, David Bekaert, Franz Meyer and Yunjun Zhang, who between them wrote most of the course materials.
Geoscience Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI)
GETSI is an educational project led by UNAVCO to produce undergraduate level teaching materials focused on issues of societal importance that showcase geodetic data. One goal is to promote greater geodesy literacy among undergraduates who might otherwise not be exposed to these types of data. I was involved in producing a module, aimed at upper-level undergrads, focused on earthquake hazards and their likely societal impacts, and how we can assess hazards using InSAR and lidar data.
Activities were co-authored with Bruce Douglas and evaluated by Stuart Birnbaum. Beth Pratt-Situala led the effort on the UNAVCO side and managed the project.