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Joshua Louis Bandfield
ESS 421
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Geological Remote Sensing

Principles of image interpretation for geologists. Study of land forms, structure, lithology, surface processes using aircraft and satellite data. Use of digital multispectral images and radar images for geological mapping.

Class description

Earth and Space Sciences 421 is designed to introduce upper class and graduate students to the physical principles underlying remote sensing as applied to the study of the land surface of the Earth, Moon, and terrestrial planets. Remote sensing at visible and near-infrared, thermal infrared, and radar wavelengths are covered, including reflectance and emittance spectroscopy. Applications to the investigation of vegetation, soils and rock surfaces, and urban environments are covered. The class includes a computer lab applying processing techniques using software commonly used for remote sensing applications. Although there are no formal prerequisites, this will be a challenging course that relies heavily on quantitative skills, physics, chemistry, and geology.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course builds primarily on aspects of physics, chemistry, and geology and will rely heavily on Windows-based remote sensing software packages. Familiarity with these subjects will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments consist of reading in preparation for lectures and computer lab write-ups. Short quizzes will be given weekly and lab write-ups will be due weekly.

There will be one mid-term exam and a final exam. The final exam is comprehensive but will emphasize the latter half of the course. Quizzes will be administered weekly with the exceptions of weeks 1, 5, and 10. Final grades will be assigned based on the following weighting: Mid-term Exam: 25% Final exam: 25% Quizzes+: 20% Lab Write-ups: 30% +The lowest quiz grade will be discounted


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 Joshua Louis Bandfield
Date: 02/04/2013