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Alan R. Gillespie
ESS 422
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Spectral Remote Sensing

Explores spectral image processing with ENVI software, used in individualized projects involving satellite or aircraft images. Emphasis on integration of remote sensing and field measurement using process models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Prerequisite: ESS 421; recommended: introductory courses in physics, chemistry, calculus, geology, and field geology.

Class description

Core of the course is work on individualized remote-sensing research projects using ENVI software, class discussions of projects and remote-sensing topics, and formal lectures from a new textbook (Adams & Gillespie) on Spectral Remote Sensing of Landscapes that will provide a framework for the individual projects.

Student learning goals

Stduent will have a deep understanding of spectral analysis of remotely sensed images

Students will have conducted a self-chosen remote-sensing research project end to end with individualized guidance

Students will have written a 10-page research paper on their own project in a professional journal format

Students will have given a 20-minute research talk on their own project in AGU format

Students will have close aquaintance with the scientific method by application to their own project

General method of instruction

Formal lectures based of Adams & Gillespie on Tuesdays, Discussion of lecture material during class on Thursdays; research projects during lab times Tues/Thurs am & pm. Group discussion of individual projects and problems encountered will take place during lab time, and during these times students will suggest solutions to each other and share their experiences. Midterm will be oral presentation of project outline and progress; Final will be oral presentation of completed project. Grading will be weighted by classroom participation.

Recommended preparation

An introduction to or experience in remote-sensing, plus grounding in physical and Earth sciences and field research

Class assignments and grading

There are no assignments except to prepare for discussions, read the text critically, and prepare formal oral & written presentations

Participation in discussions, oral & written presentations


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 Alan R. Gillespie
Date: 03/05/2008