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x Environmental Remote Sensing

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Year 2

This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental remote sensing. To achieve this students will learn the fundamental characteristics of electromagnetic radiation and how it interacts with earth surface materials. How this radiation is recorded using a wide variety of instruments (e.g. cameras, scanners, RADAR) on a wide range of platforms (e.g. aeroplanes, satellites). They will also learn how we can extract information on the environment from these data and images and the advantages and limitations of this information and the diverse array of applications of remote sensing in geography.

Topics taught on this module include an introduction to and the history of remote sensing; Electromagnetic Radiation; Platforms, Sensors(active and passive), and Orbits; Visible and Near Infrared Remote Sensing and Applications; Using AVHRR for monitoring the Mozambique floods of 2000; Microwave, Thermal; and Ultraviolet Remote Sensing and Mapping, Monitoring and Modelling.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the completion of the module students should be able to provide a general overview of how environmental remote sensing is used to provide spatial and temporal information on the environment. Provide students with an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of methods used to derive information about the Earth.Illustrate the diverse array of applications of remote sensing is physical and human geography