Radar and Remote Sensing

11-15 November 2019

This course is designed for graduates with engineering or science backgrounds, practicing engineers, and managers and administrators.

Course overview

This popular course, which is regularly updated, has been especially designed for:

  • Graduates with engineering/science backgrounds working or planning to work in the radar field
  • Practising engineers wishing to extend their knowledge of modern radar
  • Please be aware that this is a technical course and goes into some depth.

The course is partly based on a MSc modules taught here at the University.

We offer an MSc in Electronic Engineering via short courses. 

Provisional syllabus

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

1. The Radar Equations
• The Radar concept
• The physiscs of EM waves and interaction with matter
• Radar configurations (monostatic vs. bistatic, continuos wave vs. pulsed wave, nocoherent vs.coherent)
• Radar ambiguities
• Basic Radar Functions
• Radar equation
• Noise and Signal-to-Noise ratio

2. RCS and Doppler effect
• RCS definition
• Scattering regimes
• High frequency scattering
• RCS of simple targets
• Doppler phenomenology
• Doppler shift

3. Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR/ISAR)

o Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) fundamentals
o Image formation and interpretation
o Conventional stripmap mode and spotlight mode SAR systems
o Concept of inverse SAR (ISAR) imaging

4. Introduction to SAR Processing

o SAR fundamentals (recap)
o SAR gallery
o SAR vs. Optical
o SAR distortions (layover, foreshortening, shadow)
o Azimuth ambiguities
o Doppler effects
o Polarimetric SAR
o Calibration fundamentals
o SAR products and main acquisition parameters
o TerraSAR-X and Sentinel database
o ENVI and SNAP introduction

Day 2 – Antennas, Propagation and Radar Applications

o Antenna Principles and Designs
o Aperture Antennas
o Sidelobes
o Polarisation Characteristics
o Broadband Antennas
o Propagation, Reflections, refraction, diffraction, scattering etc
o Atmospheric and surface effects
o Natural Target Resonances and Target Identification
o Principles of Bistatic and Passive Radar
o Air Traffic Secondary Radar and ADS-B
o Ground Penetrating Radar
o High-frequency (HF) and over-the-horizon (OTH) radar

Day 3 – Waveforms, Tracking, Recognition, and Phased Arrays
o Pulse Compression
o Ambiguity Functions
o High resolution and low probability of intercept (LPI) radar systems
o Non-cooperative target recognition
o Range profile and Doppler signature
o Monopulse tracking
o Track-While-Scan
o Active and Passive Phased Arrays
o Adaptive Beam Forming, DF and Nulling

Day 4 – Radar Processing and EW
o Radar clutter fundamentals
o Statistical clutter models and their application

o Constant false-alarm-rate (CFAR) detection

o Moving-target indications and detection (MTI/MTD)
o Airborne Pulse Doppler Techniques (DPCA and STAP) etc

o Active and Passive Electronic Counter Measures (EA)
o Electronic Protection (EP)

Day 5 - Airborne and Space-borne Radar SystemsSpace-based radar
o SAR range equation
o Examples of different space-borne SAR systems
o Scatterometers
o Altimeters
o SAR Interferometry
Overview of past and current in-service airborne radar surveillance systems

SAR Techniques and Applications

Further information

The lecturers

  • Professor Mike Underhill  - Underhill Research
  • Professor Simon Watts
  • Dr Andy Stove
  • Dr Glen Davidson
  • Dr Rafaella Guida - University of Surrey
  • Pasquale Lerlovino - University of Surrey.


This is a week long course, from Monday 11- Friday 15 November 2019

Please note: Course notes will be available in electronic format (pdf) via dropbox and/or USB stick prior to the course start date.


Price per person, including lunch and refreshments:

Non IET members:

  • £1900 - Standard rate
  • £1750 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

For IET Members (proof of membership needed):

  • £1900 - Standard rate
  • £1650 - Early bird rate for payment received one month before the course start date.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store, which will be available soon.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Payments will be accepted subject to availability. If making payment by credit card, please forward the transaction receipt by email to Barbara Steel.

For a brochure please email Barbara Steel.

Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque
  • Proof of payment
  • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.


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University of Surrey