Winter-Water-Warming: Canadian SAR Applications

What is this course about?

In this course, we will introduce you to how Canadians research, develop and utilize radar remote sensing technology for mapping and environmental monitoring.

In five brief lessons, you will learn about early developments of radar leading to the Canadian RADARSAT program and how Canadian government researchers and managers are currently using satellite radar data in their day-to-day work.

After completing this course you will have a better understanding of Canada’s practical needs for and know-how of satellite radar when it comes to meeting the challenges of winter, water, and warming in a very large country.

The learning is self-paced.

Registration is open during the entire course.

Pick up learning when the time is right for you.

Welcome to Canada!

In the video below Dirk Werle from Canadian Space Agency welcomes you to Canada and provides the outline of the course.


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How is the course structured?

The course consists of five short lessons. Following a brief introduction, they will cover the following topics:

  • Canada and RADAR
  • Agriculture
  • Lake and River Ice
  • Sea Ice
  • Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission

They all respond in some way to the main theme of this Canadian SAR Mini-MOOC: Winter – Water – Warming.


This is a self-paced course. We are estimating an effort of four hours to complete the course.


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

Who is this course made for?

In this course, we assume that you have some basic knowledge of radar remote sensing. For completing the Canadian SAR Mini-MOOC with good success, it would be helpful for you to have an understanding of

  • What are the basics of satellite remote sensing?
  • What are the operating principles of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system?
  • What are the main applications of imaging radars?

If you do not know these concepts, we recommend to take the ‘Echoes in Space’ course first. This course will give you a detailed introduction into the basics of radar remote sensing.

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Dirk Werle
Earth Observation Expert, Canadian Space Agency
Dr. Andrew Davidson
Research Scientist and Manager Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Heather McNairn
Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Joost van der Sanden
Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
Tom Zagon
Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr Laura Dingle Robertson
Physical Scientists, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Xianfeng Jiao
Physical Scientists, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Leander Campbell
Remote Sensing Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Thierry Fisette
Land Use Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


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Several Canadian Government organizations and individuals (in alphabetical order) were involved in this MOOC. Their contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada: Leander Campbell, Dr. Andrew Davidson, Dr. Laura Dingle-Robertson, Kirk Finken, Thierry Fisette, Dr. Xianfeng Jiao, Dr. Heather McNairn

Canadian Space Agency: Guy Aubé, Paul Briand, Daniel Delisle, Steve Iris, Michael Kirby, Dirk Werle

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Canadian Ice Service: Dean Flett, Tom Zagon

Natural Resources Canada: Zara Ansar, David Ashe, Dr. Lotfi Chouanine, Elizabeth Connell, Dr. Roger De Abreu, Ian Durkin, Michael Harb, James Ikkers, Anne Jensen, Christian Prévost, Subbaraman Ramachandran, Wendy Ripmeester, Dr. Joost van der Sanden

The Canadian team members gratefully acknowledge the advice and technical production expertise provided by their colleagues Robert Eckardt and Dr. Nesrin Salepci at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons
  • 10 Topics
  • 9 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate