School of Earth and Environment

Emma Hatton Emma Hatton

InSAR Facility Manager - CPOM & COMET

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31309
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Room: 7.113

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


I took the position of Scientific Programmer and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) Processing Facility Manager in May 2015. My time is split 50/50 between the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) and the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET), where my responsibilities are quite similar - to set up and operate an facility which can produce Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) products with Sentinel 1 data automatically.

Prior to this I was Principal Engineer at Telespazio VEGA Ltd though it was better known as VEGA Space when I joined in 2008. At VEGA I initially worked on the Instrument Data quality Evaluation and Analysis Service (IDEAS) setting up and running the daily instrument health and quality control for ERS SAR and Envisat ASAR. I coordinated the contributions from the various subcontractors in the lead up to the Envisat orbit change and took part in the mini-commissioning phase. After this I was appointed Team Leader for the SMOS IDEAS team based at ESAC in Madrid and established their quality control activities and reporting.

My foundation in SAR is very strong and has been a cornerstone of my career since I worked at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory as a Synthetic Aperture Radar Reseach Scientist. My responsibilties there included the development of a novel SAR processor as well as supporting exploitation of SAR data.


Master of Physics with Research Placement, University of Bath, 2002


Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology