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Santiago Lopez
BIS 493
Bothell Campus

Special Topics

Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.

Class description

This class covers the fundamentals of aerial photography interpretation and digital image processing within the context of Geographic Information Systems and Science. This course provides an overall introduction to environmental monitoring, focusing primarily on the use of satellite imagery and aerial photography to study the environment. The intent is to learn how to process and use these data to understand issues related to environmental and earth sciences, forestry, and resource management. The synoptic perspective of remotely sensed data proves ideal for studying the spatial patterns of landscape phenomena and for making maps of surface features.

Student learning goals

To learn the fundamentals of aerial photography interpretation and analysis

To learn the fundamentals of digital image processing and automatic methods of image classification

To learn how to use remotely sensed data for making maps and studying landscape patterns and environmental phenomena.

To learn the basics of change detection analysis and monitor land use land cover transformations.

General method of instruction

To achieve these learning goals, we will use a combination of lectures, in-class hands-on exercises, and labs. We will meet twice a week. During the first session, we will go over theoretical aspects and principles of remote sensing. The second session will be mostly spent working on labs. Students will be evaluated through quizzes, labs, and exams.

Recommended preparation

Even though this is an intro level class, students will be better prepared if they have taken an intro-level class to geographic information systems (GIS) and also have some computer experience using Windows OS, word processing, and electronic sheets/database management (Excel and/or Access).

Class assignments and grading

Most assignments will be software based and will be done partially during lab sessions and finished outside of class time. There will be 4-5 lab assignments. Lab assignments are designed to enhance your understanding of the class materials and provide hands-on experience with some techniques. Exams will have two components: a computer-based part and a written part. Powerpoint lecture materials will be made available on blackboard to facilitate class dynamics.

Grades will be determined based on lab reports, exams, quizzes, and class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Santiago Lopez
Date: 01/27/2012