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Teaching - Satellite Remote Sensing I - ATS 670


Welcome to the fast-paced world of Satellite Remote Sensing. New satellites are being launched at a staggering pace to study the earth and its environment. Launching satellites is not just for the developed nations any more. More countries are recognizing the need to monitor the earth from space on a routine and reliable basis.

This class will provide the foundation for satellite remote sensing and for understanding its principles. You will use a variety of satellite imagery in this course.

Therefore this class is bound to be fun, hectic (yes, hectic at times), and exciting! Here you will learn to appreciate the view from space and all the fun-stuff you can do with satellite images. The major goal of this class is to teach you the basics of satellite remote sensing through a lot of hands-on work. We will learn about different satellites, the principles of atmospheric radiation and image processing techniques. The course is taught primarily for Atmospheric Science graduate students. We will also learn some specific remote sensing applications that are important for climate studies. Again, Welcome and hope you have a fun-semester !

This web page is the launching point for this semester. Make sure that you check this web page periodically for up-to-date information. The information on these web pages changes almost on a daily basis during the semester that the class is being taught.

The primary software package that will be used for this class is called IDL.

Prerequisites for class: You must take ATS 509 concurrently or must have taken the course to be eligible for this class. If you are unsure about your programming skills please see me before registering for the class because this class requires you to really keep up with computer programming.


(image at top) A thick haze of smoke has settled over the southern California region where massive wildfires were burning on October 21st. NASA satellites captured new images of the fire-ravaged area as they passed overhead on Oct. 25, 2007.