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This lesson brings you closer to the history of electromagnetism and radar technology. You will gain understanding what radar is and why we need it to monitor the Earth.

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This lesson gives you an insight into the interactions of the microwaves, sent out by radar systems, with the Earth surface. Learn how to analyze and interprete the signal you see in the radar images.

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This lesson presents the potential of radar data for Land applications. Learn how to analyze and interprete radar data for forest, urban and agricultural applications.

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This lesson introducec you to the application of radar technology over water surfaces. Learn how the scattering mechanisms differ in comparison to land surfaces, which applications can be done to analyze oceans and lakes.

Learn how to map sea ice, waves, wind and surface currents. Map the 'Deepwater Horizon' incident, on of the biggest oil spills in history. Create your first water body map of the 'Land of a thousand lakes'.

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This lesson will bring insights into the monitoring of hazards.

Earthquakes, Landslides, Floods, Volcanoes and more phenomena can be monitored with radar remote sensing. Learn how satellite data is used to provide fast information in emergency cases, to predict the behavior of volcanos and to map damage after a hazard occurred.

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What is this course about?

Echoes from space will take you on a journey through the exciting world of Radar Remote Sensing. Learn the basics that will help you to understand where this technology is coming from, how the images are acquired and which manifold applications already use Radar Remote Sensing to help protect our planet.

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What will you learn?

You will get a detailed insight into the history of Radar technology. You will learn all the basics that are needed to understand how electromagnetic waves work. You will get an insight in the fascinating technology that is Radar Remote Sensing from space. Furthermore, you will get a unique hands-on experience to work with Radar data in diverse application scenarios.

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How is the course structured?

The course consists of five consecutive weeks, 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

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The course emphasizes on practical tutorials. Learn how to get, process and analyze real world Radar data.

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This is a self-paced course. We are estimating an effort ~3h/week.

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You will receive a certificate of achievement for completing the course.

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Earth observation, and Radar Remote Sensing in particular, is widely used in the process of solving the environmental problems of the 21st century. This course is for everybody who wants to get a head start on working with Radar images, for everybody who wonders how this unique technology can help to monitor the state of our Earth and for everybody who has an interest in a marvellous story of scientific discovery, bold engineering and technological progress.

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