Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Remote Sensing

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to provide students with a basic understanding of remote sensing including fundamental principles, satellite instruments and applications.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
1. Provide students with basic knowledge of remote sensing and its applications
2. Foster a deeper understanding of the methods applied in remote sensing
3. Encourage students to apply remote sensing techniques and methods to interpret geographic processes.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. define remote sensing
2. describe passive/active techniques, observing frameworks, electromagnetic spectrum and spectroscopy;
3. be able to process satellite and lower altitude imagery;
4. list the applications of remote sensing to the Earth system, i.e., to atmosphere, terrestrial and marine.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. demonstrate elementary interpretation of imagery and apply it to land use problems.

Reading List:

Campbell, J.B. (2007) Introduction to Remote Sensing. Taylor and Francis.
Lillesand, T. et al (2008) Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. Wiley.
Jones H. G., and Vaughan R. A. (2010) Remote Sensing of Vegetation: Principles, Techniques, and Applications. OUP Oxford
Horning N., Robinson J. A., Sterling E. J., Turner W., and Spector S., (2010) Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques (Techniques in Ecology & Conservation) OUP Oxford


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Attard


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