Instructor: J.B. Sharma, Ph.D.
Course Structure: Online, 12 - 15 hours a week for 10 weeks. The schedule of course offerings can be found in the Penn State GIS program calendar. Class size will be limited to 25 students on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 480: Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications
From satellites gathering imagery from hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface to aerial systems mounted with lasers capable of generating 3D maps with centimeter accuracy, we're gathering more data about our Earth from above than ever before. This course will help you make sense of these complex and exciting datasets. Whether your interest is in natural disasters, environmental assessment, or national security, we'll give you the tools, methods, and techniques to extract actionable and meaningful information from these data. This course will help you understand that an image is more than just a pretty picture.
GEOG 883 is a graduate-level course focusing on remotely sensed data for geospatial applications. This course assumes that students have prior knowledge in the basics of remote sensing, mapping, and GIS, and have experience with geospatial software, particularly ArcGIS. Students will develop a strong understanding of the tools and techniques used to display, process, and analyze remotely sensed data. Upon completion of GEOG 883, students will be able to develop analytical workflows to derive products and extract information from remotely sensed data for a broad range of applications. The culmination of this course is an independent final project in which students will demonstrate their ability to apply new skills to a real-world situation of personal or professional interest.
GEOG 883 is a required course in the Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation. Geography 883 also fulfills a remote sensing requirement for the Graduate Certificate in GEOINT Analytics and can be used as an elective in the Certificate of Geographic Information Systems, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Geospatial Intelligence Option, or the Master of Geographic Information Systems.
Course overview video: Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications (1min, 51sec)
Meet Dr. Sharma, Instrucor of GEOG 883 (1min, 42sec)
Want to join us? Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. For more information, visit Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program website. Official course descriptions and curricular details can be reviewed in the University Bulletin.