EAS 514: Remote Sensing and Environmental Optics

Assessing global changes and their impacts requires knowledge of the state of the Earth System at present and in the recent past. Remote sensing employing satellite, airborne or autonomous aerial or underwater vehicles represent an essential tool to acquiring such knowledge. Moreover, satellite remote sensing also provides the means to assess important atmospheric processes as well as components of the global radiation budget.

The interpretation of measurements can be strongly advanced when remote sensing investigations are linked with ground based and in-situ sampling and observations employing environmental-optics methodologies. Processing this data constitutes and inverse problem.

This seminar will provide an overview of radiative transfer theory and advanced methods in remote sensing and environmental optics aimed to introduce the students to the potential but also the limitations of such methods.


  • Introduction to atmospheric physics with a focus on radiative transfer modeling
  • Basic methodologies of remote sensing and environmental optics
  • Employing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) in assessing major atmospheric properties and processes
  • Linking in-situ ground-based observations with satellite and airborne remote sensing: major methodological and observational principles and their limitations