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EAS 514: Remote Sensing and Environmental Optics

 

Course Title

Remote Sensing and Environmental Optics

Course Code

EAS 514

Course Type

Elective

Level

PhD

Instructor’s Name

Adriana Bruggeman

ECTS

10

Lectures / week

1 (2.5)

Laboratories / week

-

Course Purpose and Objectives

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 an inverse problem.

This course 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.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of atmospheric physics and environmental optics

Understanding of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations and observations

Capacity to analyze spatial data and remote sensing images

Prerequisites

None

Background Requirements

None

Course Content

Introduction to atmospheric physics with a focus on radiative transfer modeling

Basic methodologies of remote sensing and environmental optics

Employing   Unmanned Aerial 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

Teaching Methodology

Lectures. Seminars. Case studies. Short Projects.

Bibliography

Recent journal articles

Assessment

Assignments

Language

English