Geography/Earth Science 345 provides an introduction to the basic concepts and processes of remote sensing. The course covers the principles of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with the atmosphere and surface, interpretation of aerial photographs, basic photogrammetry, the principles of satellite data interpretation, and the fundamentals of digital image processing. There are two major components to the course: lecture and hands-on exercises. Empasis is on remote sensing theory in the lectures and application in the exercises. The exercises involving satellite data interpretation use the industry standard computer program ERDAS Imagine.
The main objective of Geography/Earth Science 345 is to give students a solid foundation in remote sensing, with particular emphasis on digital data interpretation. The exercises are designed to complement the lecture material and provide real-world experience in the application of remote sensing. Students work with actual satellite images and aerial photographs.
Lillesand, T.M. and R.W. Kiefer (2000). Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 4th ed., New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Upper Midwest Environmental
NASA's Earth Observing System
USGS EROS Data Center
Remote Sensing Data
Federal Geographic Data Committee Metadata
American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing