Spaceborne Radar Remote Sensing

  • Typ: Lecture, Tutorial and Computer Workshop
  • Zielgruppe: Master
  • Lehrstuhl: IHE
  • Semester: SS 2024
  • Ort:

    Lecture and Tutorial: NTI lecture hall

    Computer Workshop: SCC Pool L

  • Zeit:

    Lecture and Tutorial:

    Thursday, 15:45-18:00


    Computer Workshop:
    Thursday, 14:00-15:30


  • Beginn: 18.04.2024
  • Dozent:

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marwan Younis

    Dr. Pau Prats

  • SWS: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • LVNr.: Lecture: 2308428; Exercise: 2308429; PC-Workshop 2308427
  • Prüfung:

    Written, 2 hours, date see here

    Composition of grades 67% written exam, 33% SAR workshop
  • Hinweis:

    Lecture material, schedule and further information available through ILIAS

Short Description

The lecture covers aspects of spaceborne radar systems as well as an overview of new technologies and future developments. Spaceborne radar represents an emerging technology in space systems since no other sensor is able to produce high-resolution images of the Earth surface independent on the weather conditions and day-light illumination. The interdisciplinary lecture is well suited for students at the master level interested in learning different aspects of the entire end-to-end system chain of spaceborne radar systems. The syllabus of the lecture are coordinated together with the tutorial and the computer workshop. All three are needed for a thorough understanding of the lecture material.

TanDEM-X mission with two radar satellites flying in close formation has generated a global, high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM) of the Earth with unprecedented accuracy.


  • Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Theory and basic signal processing
  • System design and performance estimation 
  • Advanced SAR imaging modes
  • Spaceborne SAR missions:                              
    SRTM, ENVISAT, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, Tandem-L, Sentinel-1
  • Technology development
  • Interferometry and tomography
  • Applications (land, vegetation, sea, ice/snow, disaster monitoring)
  • Other types of spaceborne radars (altimeter, weather radar, etc.)
  • New SAR concepts & future developments