Remote Sensing: Principles and Methods (GEO 3840)


Course Description

This is an advanced geospatial course that introduces and analyzes important concepts, issues, and methods related to a variety of multispectral and other types of remotely sensed imagery (e.g., satellite and airborne platforms). The major objectives are to provide students with both a foundation in understanding different types of imagery and how to process imagery used to address geospatial problems and issues. After successful completion of this course, you will have the knowledge needed to understand different types / applications of imagery and the skills needed to process the image data and assess the accuracy of the results.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide students with a strong foundation in the theoretical concepts of various remotely sensed imagery used to study earth surface phenomena.
  • Introduce students to the fundamentals of digital image processing through hands-on assignments that apply essential techniques commonly used to manipulate and interpret remotely sensed imagery.
  • Each students to evaluate which remote sensing workflows (e.g., image preprocessing, image analysis, image classification, and accuracy assessment methods) should be applied to imagery based on their understanding of the data types and quality.
  • Evaluate student learning through completion of a final project. Students will demonstrate the digital image processing skills learned in the course by designing and executing a remote sensing workflow that addresses a real-world application. 1 5) Evaluate student communication skills through presentation of their final project results in both a professional 10-minute talk and an online forum (e.g., ESRI Story Map).
  • Basic Skill Requirements


    Michael W Hernandez, Ph.D.
    My teaching focus is on geospatial technologies which are enjoyable and challenging. I teach both the GIS and remote sensing/image processing courses. I also incorporate the use of GPS in the courses. The courses emphasize the application of geospatial concepts to challenges students might encounter in the workplace. I also teach the department’s main physical science general education course, Earthquakes and Volcanoes both online and in the traditional classroom setting. I really enjoy interacting with the students and helping them understand how these geologic processes are important to our community and the region.

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