Fall 2021 - GEOG 253 D100
Introduction to Remote Sensing (3)
Class Number: 4297
Delivery Method: Remote
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 18, 2021
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Office Hours: TBA
An introduction to the theories and practices of remote sensing, including sensors and platforms, image collection, preliminary image analysis and interpretation, and a review of remote sensing applications in environmental monitoring and resource management. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.
GEOG 253 is the introductory-level course of the remote sensing stream of courses offered by the Department of Geography (the upper-level course is GEOG 353 - Advanced Remote Sensing and the final course is GEOG 453 - Theoretical and Applied Remote Sensing). This introductory course emphasizes principles of remote sensing and the use of remote sensing data for monitoring land resources and environmental features. Topics include surface-energy interactions, remote sensing systems, image interpretation, different types of remote sensing (e.g., optical, thermal, and active), and the application of remote sensing for examining vegetation, water, soil, and urban features. GEOG 253 provides necessary background for GEOG 353 that focuses on digital image analysis and for GEOG 453 in which research projects will be completed.
The course will include lectures that cover foundational concepts and practical lab sessions where students will work on the interpretation of remote sensing images. One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab tutorial will be delivered each week. Upon completion of this course, students will have the foundational knowledge of remote sensing and understand applications of remote sensing in different environments.
A combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching will be used for weekly lectures and lab tutorials. The synchronous sessions will be recorded and posted online for asynchronous learning.
There will be no labs in the first week of class.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the fundamental principles of electromagnetic radiation and remote sensing processes
- Define and appropriately use basic concepts related to remote sensing
- Investigate functions and characteristics of different remote sensing systems
- Discuss the application of remote sensing to real-world environmental issues
- Use the image processing software to implement basic analysis with remote sensing images
- Assignments 40%
- Midterm Test (synchronous) 25%
- Final Examination (synchronous) 35%
A computer (or other mobile devices) and reliable internet will be needed for attending lectures/labs remotely (via Zoom), accessing Canvas for teaching materials, and participating in group activities. The students will use remote sensing software to process images and finish assignments. The software can be accessed remotely or installed on personal computers.
Floyd F. Sabins, Jr.; James M. Ellis. 2020. Remote Sensing: Principles, Interpretation, and Applications. 4th Edition. Waveland Press. ISBN: 9781478637103 (Available on VitalSource).
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