This course provides an introduction to the acquisition and utilization of remotely-sensed data in geographical/environmental research. The different sensors used to collect this information along with the widely varying techniques are being developed at an astounding rate. In this course, the predominant focus will be on the interpretation and application of data from space-borne imaging systems (eg: MODIS, Landsat, Quickbird and SPOT).
The number of disciplines which utilize remotely sensed data continues to increase in number. To name a few, geologists, geographers, atmospheric scientists, climatologists, anthropologists and ecologists have all adapted remote sensing techniques to their respective interests. We will briefly discuss many different uses of remotely-sensed data, but much of the practical, hand-on applications will be based on land-use management and ecological applications.