Echoes in Space: Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing

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EO College

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Earth Observation Services Jena GmbH (EOS Jena)

This course is the self-paced version of the 2019 Echoes in Space Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Radar Remote Sensing. Registration is open during all the course. Pick up learning when the time is right for you.

The course will take participants on a journey through the world of Radar Remote Sensing. Participants will learn the basics that will help them understand where this technology comes from, how the images are acquired, and which manifold applications already use Radar Remote Sensing to help protect our planet.

What will participants learn?

Participants will get a detailed overview of the history of Radar technology and will learn the basics that are needed to understand how electromagnetic waves work. The course also focuses on Radar Remote Sensing from space, and provides participants with a unique hands-on opportunity to work with Radar data in diverse application scenarios.

How is the course structured?

The course consists of five consecutive weeks, and each lesson builds on the knowledge acquired in the previous lessons. The course will cover the following topics:

  • History of Radar technology and the discovery of electromagnetic waves
  • Image acquisition Geometry of airborne and space borne Radar systems
  • Land applications of Radar remote sensing
  • Applications of radar remote sensing over Water
  • Application of Radar remote sensing for Hazard management


This course is for anyone who wants to get a head start on working with Radar images, anyone who wonders how this unique technology can help to monitor the state of our Earth, and anyone who has an interest in scientific discovery, bold engineering and technological progress.