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MOOC on Cryosphere Remote Sensing: Winter, Water, Warming

Five short online lessons suitable for anybody with a basic background on SAR and interested in Canadian SAR applications.


Welcome to the online course Winter, Water, Warming: Canadian SAR Applications.

Watch the trailer here.

This course 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.

Following a brief introduction, the five short lessons will cover the following topics:

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

The estimated workload to complete these lessons is 4h. 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.


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.