• SAS Core: ITR, WCD
  • Track: Geographical Techniques
  • Credits: 3

This course introduces remote sensing concepts and techniques used in understanding the earth system: climate, land and ocean. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate effectively in modes appropriate to the discipline of Geography. Student will learn of to analyze and synthesize information from remotely sensed data and generate new insights. Students will also be able to employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings.

The major goal of remote sensing of the environment is to obtain information about Earth’s surface from measurements -- by aircraft or satellite sensors of radiated energy. Remote sensing of the environment is considered an important research field in geography, geology, climatology and other earth sciences; it is continuously changing due to improvements in sensors, data collection and the progress of digital image processing.

Throughout the course, students will learn the basic physical principles underlying remote sensing analysis and how to process and interpret images obtained from satellite sensors. The specific objectives of the course are:
1) to explain the physical principles underlying remote sensing systems,
2) to understand the primary remote sensing data collection systems;
3) to introduce the student to methods of analyzing remotely sensed data;
4) to provide insight concerning the applications of remote sensing in studying the earth system; and
5) to provide hands-on experience in digital image processing using the ERDAS software package.

Sample Syllabus