1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 3-hour computer lab weekly
Enrolment not permitted
STEM2003 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Have a basic understanding of geographical coordinate systems, map projections and datums. In addition, a basic appreciation of the electromagnetic spectrum and how different components of it are utilised by remote sensing instruments is desirable. Training in these areas will be provided to students who are identified as lacking in this background.
Reports, Seminar, Software Demonstration
Topic description

This topic introduces students to the theory and application of remote sensing to a wide range of disciplines. Topic material includes the nature of electromagnetic radiation, its interaction with the atmosphere and Earth surface features; sensors and data sources; the treatment of distortion in remotely sensed imagery, image classification and classification accuracy assessment. Professional image processing software is used to provide students with hands-on experience of a range of digital image analysis techniques that are used to extract useful Earth resource information from satellite data.

Educational aims

This topic aims to educate students in the design of airborne missions for the capture of remotely sensed data and in the processing of remotely sensed imagery to create products such as orthometric images, digital surface models, 3D object models and thermal maps. Students will also gain an understanding of the application of these technologies to a range of applications.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Design an airborne mission for a remotely piloted or piloted aircraft carrying various remote sensing equipment
  2. Define image orthorectification and apply the steps involved in creating point clouds, digital surface and digital terrain models from airborne LiDAR and photogrammetry
  3. Apply computer processing to airborne image capture
  4. Identify the principal concepts of RADAR and hyperspectral remote sensing and their use in a range of applications
  5. Successfully communicate the results of airborne image processing to remotely sensed data
  6. Research the applications and limitations of airborne remote sensing and photogrammetry