NRES 818: Introduction to Remote Sensing

Instructor(s): Brian Wardlow

Number of Credit Hours: 4

Cross-listings: GEOG 418, NRES 418, NRES 818

Prerequisites: 9 hours of GEOL, NRES or GEOG. Advanced standing in geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, engineering or agronomy recommended.

Description: Introduction to remote sensing of the earth from aerial and satellite platforms. Aerial photography, multispectral scanning, thermal imaging and microwave remote sensing techniques. Physical foundations of remote sensing using electromagnetic energy, energy-matter interactions, techniques employed in data acquisition and methods of image analysis. Weekly laboratory provides practical experience in visual and digital interpretation of aerial photography, satellite imagery, thermal and radar imagery. Applications in geographic, agricultural, environmental and natural resources analyses.

Learning Outcomes/Course Objectives

  1. Understand the basic principles of remote sensing and the properties of various forms of electromagnetic energy;
  2. Gain knowledge of different remote sensing platforms and instruments commonly used to characteristic the Earth’s surface and understand their general benefits and limitations;
  3. Learn basic image acquisition, processing, and analysis techniques used in many remote sensing applications; and
  4. Become familiar with common types of remote sensing applications to acquire information about common Earth surface features, objects, and phenomena.