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In this letter, the requirements to derive topography from a portable terrestrial radar interferometer are introduced, the instrument design and the relationship between interferometric phase shift and surface topography are explained, and two examples of topographic maps from measurements at the Rhone glacier and Grabengufer rock glacier in Switzerland are presented. In the first case, an external digital elevation model was used to assess the error of topography mapping with the portable radar interferometer and to analyze ice surface changes of the glacier in the last 14 years. We found that the height error standard deviation is about 3 m within a distance of 2 km from the sensor and observed massive thinning of the Rhone glacier. In the second case, we used the terrestrial radar interferometer in order to measure the height difference between August 2009 and March 2010 over the rock glacier as a consequence of its destabilization.