Remote Sensing I

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Remote Sensing I

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GS201: Geographic Information Systems 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course provides students with a foundation in the basic principles of remote sensing of the environment. Topics include satellite image and aerial photo acquisition, principles of electromagnetic radiation, aerial photography and photogrammetry, geometric and atmospheric correction, image enhancement with band ratios, and digital image processing and classification. An important component of the course involves hands-on learning through a variety of exercises conducted in the GIS computer laboratory. Students learn the theory of remote sensing while developing practical skills and techniques using visual and computer-based methods for a wide range of applications in geography, forestry, agriculture, ecology, land management, and marine studies.
    Learning Objectives
    - Describe how satellite images and digital aerial photography are acquired
    - Demonstrate an understanding of basic electromagnetic radiation (EMR) principles
    - Be able to relate their understanding of EMR to multi-spectral image data analysis & display
    - Understand issues related to geometric and radiometric correction of raster datasets
    - Understand the importance of image statistics in multi-spectral data analysis
    - Understand and have the necessary skills to perform an unsupervised classification
    - Understand and have the necessary skills to perform a supervised classification
    - Understand issues of distortion that occur with aerial photography
    - Have the necessary skills to perform basic visual interpretation of digital aerial photography
    - Understand the process of developing a classification legend for land use/cover mapping
    - Understand conventional methods for assessing thematic map accuracy
    - Have the necessary skills and knowledge about remote sensing theory and practice to carry out a remote sensing-based project in geography, ecology, land management, or a number of related disciplines

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