We will use the OpenSARLab, a fully pre-installed cloud-based lab environment for all lab exercises associated with this course. Using such a cloud-based lab has numerous advantages over physical computer pools. It comes pre-installed with all relevant processing tools and spare you the painful trouble of installing each individual package by hand. It also ensures that all lab machines are identical, facilitating similar processing speeds at all work stations and identical software behavior for all participants. The OpenSARLab is accessible from any internet enabled devices with a web browser.
The OpenSARLab is located in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud and contains data recipes and lab exercises in the form of Jupyter notebooks. A Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. You will receive instructions how to create a username and password for the platform via email.
A short Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks
Watch this short video if you are new to the concept of Jupyter Notebooks.