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Enrollment Information
Enrollment Requirement:
Prerequisite: GEOG 3110, MATH 1060 or PHYS 1010 or equivalencies, or instructor's consent.
Requirement Designation:
Quantitative Intensive BS
Meets with GEOG 6120. Graduate students should enroll in GEOG 6120 and will be held to higher standards and/or more work. The physical principles that determine how light and matter interact are essential to understanding remote sensing and Earth's energy budget. This course explores the complex interactions of electromagnetic radiation with the Earth's surface and atmosphere from a quantitative perspective. The physical foundations of visible, infrared, and microwave remote sensing are addressed using both theory and laboratory measurements. Theoretical explanations of reflection, absorption, and transmission of electromagnetic radiation are used to explore practical applications of environmental optics in remote sensing, climate modeling, and everyday phenomena.