Introduction to Remote Sensing of the Environment

Instructor: AM (


An introduction to the principles and practices of aerial photography, photogrammetry, photo interpretation and remote sensing  for use in geography, geology, resource management and environmental protection.


The aim of the course is to show students how to learn principles of remote sensing and image analysis. These include the ways in which remote sensing systems are used to acquire data, how these data may be analyzed and how information on our environment can be derived from such data for natural resources and human settlements, and how information derived from remotely sensed data can be integrated with other spatial data such as map data, census data and field survey data in a geographic information system.

At the end of the course, students should be capable of advising on the best types of imagery, scales and analysis procedures for information extraction. They should be capable of undertaking various analyses using digital image analysis software (ENVI). They should also be able to transfer information between digital image analysis systems and GIS systems.

To ensure everyone has a knowledge of physical basis for remote sensing (electromagnetic radiation principles); the properties and characteristics of aerial photographs; which characteristics of land cover types can be mapped/measured from remote sensing;the type of remote sensing needed to fulfill a user’s objectives; general principles of digital image processing for remote sensing applications and future applications of remote sensing to geography and related fields.


Jensen, J. R., 2007, Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective, 2nd ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 592 pages.



Chapter 1: Remote Sensing of the Environment

Chapter 2: Electromagnetic Radiation Principles (EMR)

Chapter 3: History of Aerial Photography and Aerial Platforms

Chapter 4: Aerial Photography

Chapter 5: Elements of Visual image Interpretation

Chapter 6: Photogrammetry

Review (Ch1-6)

Chapter 7: Multispectral Remote Sensing

Chapter 8: Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing

Chapter 9: Microwave RS

Chapter 10: Remote Sensing of Vegetation

Chapter 11: Remote Sensing of Water

Chapter 12: Remote Sensing the Urban Landscape

Chapter 13 Geologic Remote Sensing

Final Review

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