GEOG 589
Emerging Trends in Remote Sensing

GEOG 589: Emerging Trends in Remote Sensing


Karen Schuckman, CP, PLS, MGIS

Course Structure

Online: 12 - 15 hours per week for 10 weeks


GEOG 589 is a graduate seminar focusing on the theory and technology associated with emerging remote sensing platforms in geospatial analysis. The focus for a given semester will be adapted based on emerging methods, technologies, and high-impact real world contexts, but will include topics such as synthetic aperture radar for image analysis and DEM generation, high-resolution hyperspectral remote sensing data collection and analysis, thermal imaging and data analysis, bathymetric lidar data acquisition and analysis, and oblique aerial imaging for 3D modeling and analysis. These technologies will be evaluated for their use in applications such as emergency and disaster response, coastal resource management, forest resource management, agricultural resource management, and geospatial intelligence.

Students will review current research and operational implementation of these high-performance remote sensing technologies, including project planning, data acquisition and processing, data fusion and analysis, product generation, and information sharing. Students will use state-of-the-art commercial software packages for data analysis and product generation. They will interact by reviewing current research and literature, developing shared knowledge in online discussion forums throughout the course. An individual research project will allow students to explore the impacts of emerging remote sensing methods in a real-world scenario of their choosing.

Topics of Study

Topics of study for each semester will be adapted based on emerging methods, technologies, and high-impact real world contexts.

For Summer 2018:

  • Lesson 1: OBIA and Geospatial Modeling
  • Lesson 2: Geiger-Mode and Single Photon Lidar
  • Lesson 3: SAR and IFSAR
  • Lesson 4: Google Earth Engine
  • Lesson 5: Waveform and Bathymetric Lidar
  • Lesson 6: Statewide Mapping Project Management
  • Lesson 7: Oblique Aerial Imagery
  • Lesson 8: Positional Accuracy Assessment of Complex Datasets
  • Lesson 9: Lidar and UAS
  • Lesson 10: Career Development and Networking