Semester Offering: January
This course introduces principles and concepts of Remote Sensing (RS): a sophisticated technology of earth observation, which provides fundamental data for global environment investigation. In this course, students are introduced to environmental issues of Earth, principles of RS, satellites and sensors, RS imagery, data acquisition systems, digital image processing for RS imagery, and applications.


Fundamentals of Remote Sensing. Satellite and Optical Sensors. Microwave Remote Sensing. Image Analysis. Remote Sensing Application.




I. Introduction
1. Overview of the Earth
2. Global Environment
3. Earth Observation System

II. Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
1. Overview of Remote Sensing Process
2. Spectral Signatures of Ground Surface
3. Passive and Active Sensing

II Satellite and Optical Sensors
1. Orbits and Swath
2. Multi-Spectral Scanner
3. Earth Observation Satellites

III Microwave Remote Sensing
1. Principles of Radar Imaging
2. Radar Image Properties

IV Image Analysis
1. Digital Image
2. Preprocessing
3. Digital Image Processing
4. Image Interpretation

V Remote Sensing Application
1. Land Observation
2. Ocean Observation
3. Mapping


Working with remotely sensed data.


"Fundamentals of Remote Sensing", the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Natural Recourses Canada, 1998. The text is available through


Lucas L. F., Janssen and Gerrit C. Hurneman (eds.):
Principles of Remote Sensing, ITC Educational Textbooks Series; 2, Second Edition, 2002.


Final grades will be computed according to the following percentage distribution: Mid-semester Examination 20%, Final Examination 40%, Assignments/Lab Assignments/Mini Project 40%. Examination will be closed book.