Prerequisites: ENV 502 and ENV 526G or permission of the instructor; ENV 528 is strongly recommended. (Second semester—as needed/1 credit)
Introduction to Remote Sensing is the third of a sequence of three mini-courses introducing fundamental topics in geographic information systems as applied to environmental biology. Building on the cartographic principles and statistical analysis tools explored in previous GIS courses, students will expand their GIS analytical skill set and gain a deeper understanding of how remotely sensed data can be used to address environmental questions. Lectures complement intensive, hands-on use of the IDIRSI and ArcGIS software packages through in-class and homework tutorials and challenge exercises. Students demonstrate mastery of principles through compilation of a final portfolio and performing a supervised Land Use/Land Cover classification of a local watershed using Landsat remotely sensed data.