Welcome to the home of radar remote sensing at Stanford. Our group seeks to extend understanding of our Earth and solar system through the use of radar remote sensing methods, mostly of the Earth and mostly from space satellites.

Our major strength is the development of new radar techniques using advanced siganl processing. We specialize in the modeling and measurement of the phase of radar echoes and how the observations relate to properties of the surface under study. Our primary emphasis is on InSAR, or interferometric synthetic aperture radar, a method that allows us to measure cm-level changes on Earth from radar satellites orbiting 800 km or more above. We use this method to study earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater flow, ice accumulation and ablation from global climate change, and atmospheric water vapor mapping, for instance. We use radars built into NASA spacecraft such as the Cassini mission to Saturn to study other planetary surfaces. We also use large ground-based radar telescopes such as the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the NASA Goldstone facility, and the VLA in Socorro, New Mexico, to look beyond the Earth.

Our students typically go on to academic careers or work at government research facilities, applying their experience not only to radar systems, but also to the development of other modern imaging systems for use in medicine, natural resource exploration, and commercial imaging applications.


For Visitors

Visiting ? You might want to look at a map of the Stanford area or a map of the location of the Mitchell building and local parking, or detailed instructions to get to the Packard EE Building.


Contact Info

Department of Electrical Engineering
334 Packard Electrical Engineering
Mail Code 9515 STARLAB
Stanford University
Stanford CA, 94305-9515, USA
Phone: +1 650 723 8067
Fax: +1 650 723 9251
Department of Geophysics
360 Mitchell
Stanford University
Stanford CA, 94305-2215, USA
Phone: +1 650 723 8067
Fax: +1 650 725 7344

Email: zebker -at- stanford.edu

Visit the Radar Interferometry Group home page for info on projects and students.