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Geology 112: Remote Sensing

Geology 112: Remote Sensing of the Earth’s Environment

Satellite imagery is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal for studying the Earth’s environment at a wide variety of scales. In this course you will:

  • obtain an introduction to the fundamentals of remote sensing theory as it applies to common multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal and radar datasets in order to learn what sorts of information can be extracted from these data;
  • develop a hands-on familiarity with ‘industry-standard’ software package/s and data manipulation strategies; and,
  • gain experience integrating these skills and using them to explore an array of environmentally- and societally-relevant questions.

Since the range of questions which remote sensing can inform is immense, an additional goal of the course, and a key reason for inclusion of a major capstone project, is to ensure that you gain practical experience formulating and addressing an in-depth remote sensing question pertinent to your interests.

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