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Synthetic Aperture Radar Remote Sensing of Earth Surfaces


Naval Postgraduate School, Physical Sciences

RO# Location
62.10.07.B7512 Monterey, CA 939435138


Name E-mail Phone
Olsen, Richard C. olsen@nps.edu 831 656 2019


NPS is conducting research in the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote-sensing techniques for military and civilian applications. This work focuses on the development and application of new approaches to the analysis of SAR data of Earth surfaces.

We are interested in a broad range of topics, including (1) multifrequency and polarimetric SAR analysis for materials and terrain characterization and mapping; (2) geophysical parameter estimation using SAR data (e.g., determination of scattering mechanisms, surface roughness, soil moisture, biomass); (3) use of SAR interferometry for determining high resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) for snow hydrology and other purposes; and for measuring ground deformation associated with natural hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows), resource development (mine subsidence, groundwater withdrawal, geothermal exploitation) and other phenomena; (4) integration of SAR, HSI, LiDAR, and other datasets (multimodal analysis and data fusion) and improved approaches and tools for combined analysis and visualization of these disparate datasets; and (5) development of case histories for use in graduate-level course preparation and teaching.

The Associate should have a strong math, physics, and Earth science background, and remote-sensing analysis skills. Familiarity with SAR satellite systems such as RADARSAT, ERS, ENVISAT, ALOS PALSAR, SIR-C/X-SAR, TerraSAR-X, Tandem-X, COSMO-SkyMed, and airborne systems such as UAVSAR (and others) is expected. Working knowledge of SAR analysis software such as ISCE, ROI PAC, STAMPS, PoISARPro, NEST, and SARscape is advantageous. Previous experience with SAR data analysis required. Software development capabilities and familiarity with the commercial software packages IDL, ENVI, and ArcGIS are highly desirable.



Jones CE, Davis BA: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote 77: 102, 2011

Qu C, et al: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 4(043516): 19, 2010


Remote sensing; Synthetic Aperture Radar; SAR; Polarimetric SAR; Interferometric SAR; InSAR; DinSAR; PSInSAR; Sensor fusion;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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