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GEOG6078 Remote Sensing for Earth Observation (ODL)

Module Overview

This module will provide an introduction to the principles behind the acquisition and utilisation of remotely sensed airborne and space-borne images for the study of natural and human landscapes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • By the end of the module, the student should be able to define and explain the key concepts and terminology used in remote sensing.
  • By the end of the module the students should be conversant with the basic principles of remote sensing and its various fields of application
  • By the end of the module, the students should be able to use image processing software to process remote sensing data


Topics to be covered • Introduction to Remote Sensing • Electromagnetic Radiation • Energy interactions with the Atmosphere and the Earth’s surface • Sensor Technology • Major Remote Sensing systems • Introduction to Image Processing • Estimating Earth Surface Properties Using • Image Classification • Land Cover Mapping and Accuracy Assessment • Application of Remote Sensing in Natural Disaster Management and Climate Change Issues

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Mather, P.M. and Koch, M. (2011). Computer Processing of Remotely Sensed Images. 

Campbell, J.B. and Wynne, R.H. (2011). Introduction to Remote Sensing. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Coursework 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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