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Welcome to GEOG 883 - Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications
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Quick Facts about GEOG 883
Instructor: Karen Schuckman
Course Structure: Online, 12-15 hours a week for 10 weeks
Course Description: An intermediate level course focusing on the use of remotely sensed imagery in geospatial applications. This course assumes that students have prior knowledge and experience in the basics of remote sensing, mapping, and GIS. Students who successfully complete GEOG 883 will be able to apply knowledge about remote sensing systems, processing of remotely sensed data, and derived data products to a variety of GIS application scenarios. They will be able to describe methods used to classify and analyse these data using commercially available software tools. Finally, students will each develop a final project of their own design, demonstrating their ability to apply their new skills to a real-world situation of personal or professional interest.
Prerequisites: Geog 480, 482, 483, or equivalent professional experience.
Overview: The course is specifically designed for adult professionals and is offered exclusively through the World Campus and the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Geography 883 fufills the remote sensing requirement for the Graduate Certificate in GEOINT Analytics or the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Geospatial Intelligence Option. It can also be used as an elective in the Certificate of Geographic Information Systems or the Master of Geographic Information Systems.
Students who register in the course for credit will complete six lessons with corresponding hands-on assignments, online discussions, and an independent final project. Throughout the course, students confront realistic problem scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as definition of data needs, metadata content standards, data formats and types, and analysis methods.
Topics of Study: There are eight lessons to be completed in sequence. The final project will be developed over the entire ten-week session, with the final week of the course devoted to sharing the final projects among peers in the class.
- Lesson 0: Orientation
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Remote Sensing
- Lesson 2: Sensors, Platforms, and Georeferencing
- Lesson 3: Preprocessing of Multispectral Imagery
- Lesson 4: Image Enhancement and Interpretation
- Lesson 5: Digital Image Classification - Part 1
- Lesson 6: Digital Image Classification - Part 2
- Lesson 7: Hyperspectral Image Analysis
- Final Project: Leveraging Remote Sensing Data to Confront Contemporary Challenges in Geospatial Analysis