Remote Sensing


• to provide background knowledge in physics and theoretical concept of Remote Sensing • to provide experience in the operational aspects of Remote Sensing • to provide a glimpse to the on-going RS activities across the globe  



Learning Outcomes

• Enhance understanding in Remote Sensing and develop capacity for critical thinking and utilizing its tools in various disciplines • Ability to theoretically tackle with and plan Remote Sensing applications in Geosciences • Communicate their knowledge and experiences to specialists within a research working group to confront with an issue that requires an integrated approach • Communicate their knowledge to a non specialist audience • Be able to improve their knowledge and capacity in a self‐directed or autonomous manner  


This component examines electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with the Earth’s surface and atmosphere, and the performance of passive (i.e. aerial photography, airborne and spaceborne scanner data) and active (i.e. Lidar and SAR imagery) imaging systems. It focuses on aerial photo interpretation, digital image processing and a wide range of satellite and airborne remote sensing technologies (including synthetic aperture radar and hyperspectral imaging). Emphasis is placed on the extraction of quantitative and qualitative information from remote sensing data, the integration of remote sensing and GIS technologies, and the operational aspects of remote sensing.  

Content Delivery

The component shall be delivered through (a) oral lectures by the tutor (30%), (b) practical exercises in class (20%), (c) study of reading material (20%), (d) presentation in class of own projects to be assigned at the first day (20%), and (e) delivery of paper report about each ones assignment (10%). Optionally there will take place a field visit on the third day depending on the weather conditions.  

Coursework And Assignment Details

Student’s performance will be evaluated through: a. Student’s participation during lectures b. Student’s performance in solving exercises c. Student’s 12 min presentation in the class accompanied by 1500 ‐ 1750 words text description on Remote Sensing applications  Expected general structure:  - Abstract ( a short overview of the topic ~ 200 words of text) - Introduction & Problem statement ( general overview of the issue and the possible role of remote sensing to address it ~ 2 slides / 250 words of text)  - Objective (general aim and sub‐objectives for RS ~ 1 slide / 100 words of text)  - Materials and Methods (RS original materials and methods implemented to achieve the general aims and sub‐objectives ~ 4 slides / 350 words of text)  - Results (RS final processed products supporting the results ~ 2 slides / 200 words of text) - Discussion (comparison with other possible solutions either by utilizing other RS methodologies or non RS methodologies ~ 2 slides / 300 words of text)  - Conclusions (overall statement about the role of RS in solving the issue ~ 1 slide / 150 words of text)  - References ~ 1 slide Evaluation conditions: a. & b. = 15% of the end note  c. = 30% of the end note d. Written or oral examinations on the taught material = 55% of the end note Note that: a minimum of 40% in d.  is needed in order to count a., b. & c. in the end note.