Since the 1970s, radar remote sensing techniques have evolved rapidly and are increasingly employed in all fields of earth sciences. Applications are manifold and still expanding due to the continuous development of new instruments and missions as well as 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 keep up yet with the rate of technical developments and the improvements in sensor technology. With the enhancing availability and variety of space borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data and a growing number of analysis algorithms the need for a vital user community is increasing. Therefore  the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU) together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Technical University Munich (TUM) launched the education initiative SAR-EDU. The aim of the project is to facilitate access to expert knowledge in the scientific field of radar remote sensing. The overall intension of the project SAR-EDU is to provide learning material for higher education in radar remote sensing covering the topic holistically from the very basics to the most advanced methods and applications that are available. The aim of the implementation of SAR-EDU as application-oriented radar remote sensing educational tool is to advocate the development and wider use of operational services on the base of pre-existing algorithms and sensors on the one hand, and to aid the extension of radar remote sensing techniques to a broader field of application on the other. SAR-EDU therefore combines the knowledge, expertise and experience of an excellent German consortium.

Ultimately, the development of the SAR-EDU portal initiated this overarching education initiative called ‘EO College’.


Data Processing

SAR Imaging

Image Processing



Passive Microwave




The SAR-EDU Radar Remote Sensing Education Initiative is coordinated by

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena,

Institute of Geography,

Department Of Earth Observation