Physical/Life Science Exploration
Over the past decade there has been an extraordinary increase in the availability of remotely sensed images of Earth. Many people are now familiar with remotely sensed data through programs like Google Earth. The explosion in the availability of remote sensing data has coincided with a growing number of remote sensing applications. Remote sensing data are now used in anthropology, civil engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geology, hydrology, natural resource assessment, meteorology, and urban planning. This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach applicable to those fields, examining remote sensing theory, techniques, and applications. The course explores the physical basis for remote sensing and covers remote sensing technologies that use sunlight, infrared radiation, radar, and lasers. Five lab exercises give "hands-on" experience with real remote sensing data.