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ERR180 - Remote sensing in environmental science
 
Owner: RAMAS
3,0 Credits (ECTS 4,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 75 - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c   17 Dec 2006 pm V,  10 Apr 2007 am V,  29 Aug 2007 pm V

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Examiner:

Professor  Patrick Eriksson



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

.Remote sensing is an important tool to understand and monitor environmental problems. The general objective of the course is to give an overview of the components of a remote sensing observation system and their relationship. A special emphasis is put on the basic physical principles of the measurements, where the aim is to give a detailed knowledge.

Goal

The goal of the course is to provide sufficient knowledge and skills that most important physical and instrumental principles of a remote sensing system can be identified and their importance compared. This in general on a qualitative level, but quantitative calculations are also required when this is possible without more complex models.

Content

Remote sensing is a technique to observe the atmosphere from the
distance, using electromagnetic waves to extract information on
geophysical parameters. A well-known example is the satellite images
shown on television during weather forecasts. Ordinary photographing
falls also inside the definition of remote sensing. In fact, even the
human vision is a remote sensing technique.

Remote sensing of the atmosphere and earth surface is a very important
tool in environmental sciences. Advantages of remote sensing are
providing large data sets with a comparably low cost and the
possibility to cover large areas. In the case of satellite
measurements, a global coverage can be achieved. The applications
range from monitoring air pollution in cities, to make global
observation for improving the understanding of the climate issue.

This course offers an overview of existing measurement methods and
discusses the physical principles of remote sensing. A discussion of
the physical principles is important to understand how information on
the atmosphere or ground properties is obtained by the measurements,
but also to be aware of the factors limiting the observations. Example
on physical principles discussed are solar and thermal radiation,
absorption, emission, scattering and radiative transfer. Discussed
applications include sea surface temperature, sea ice, atmospheric
composition and clouds.

Organisation

Lectures and example solving: six lecture hours / week. An individual Matlab project shall be performed.

Literature

Physical Principles of Remote Sensing (W.G. Rees, Cambridge
University Press, ISBN 0521 66948 0) and compendium on
atmospheric measurements.

Examination

Written exam and approved Matlab project.


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