!!!SPRING 2016 COURSE!!!
TESC 453: ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING
Faisal Hossain, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences,
University of Washington Tacoma
What is Remote Sensing?
Remote sensing deals with the acquisition of information using techniques that do not require actual contact with the object or area being observed.
How is Remote Sensing Useful for the Environment?
In an era of rising operating costs, declining networks and complex logistic hurdles to environmental monitoring remote sensing has a particular appeal for monitoring and managing environmental issues. Instruments flying high up in space, called satellites, and performing ‘remote sensing,’ can now a constant ‘eye’ to the state of our planet’s environment where change is constant. Remote sensing satellites are not affected by issues facing existing or planned traditional ground-based networks for monitoring our environment. In addition, they can cover a large area with fewer sensors. The best part, for most cases, is that the environmental data they monitor is FREE (for most parts) just like Google Earth.
What can I hope to learn from this course?
There are numerous satellite missions, sensors, data products on the environment that derive information on the basis of remote sensing. The situation however can be confusing to most practitioners and traditional researchers alike. For example, just for rainfall alone, there are a dozen different global products available in near-real-time that also provide fairly long record for water management, real-time operations or hydrologic design. A natural question that arises is ‘how can sieve through all numerous sensors, satellites, platforms and systems that are ‘out there’ to get to the ‘gist’ of environmental remote sensing? How do I find out the basics so that I can start applying remote sensing data for the environmental problems I am interested in?
If you are interested in seeking an answer to the above questions, then this course is for you. If you want to improve the current state of environmental management by leveraging best of both worlds (ground and satellite networks) and improve the professional practice on environment, then this course is for you.