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GEOG6079 Topographic Data Analysis Techniques and Applications (ODL)

Module Overview

The conventional two-dimensional plane shown in remote sensing images neglects the 3D space of the real world. As 3D data collection and visualization techniques become more common, remote sensing techniques, which exploit these features, not only ensure the realization of real-time 3D visualization, but also better interpretation of remote sensing images. Aims of this unit are to: - introduce three dimensional remote sensing techniques and contemporary methods of deriving topographic information from three dimensional remote sensing and photogrammetric data; - provide students with practical experience and training of interpreting and processing three dimensional remotely sensed data.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts and terminology used in 3D remote sensing
  • Understand different sources of 3D remote sensing data (Stereo aerial photograph and satellite data, terrestrial and airborne laser scanner)
  • Understand the methods of deriving topographical information from aerial photographs and remote sensing images
  • Understand relevant areas and examples where 3D remote sensing data can be applied
  • Critically analyse literature on the principles underlying and technological developments in 3D remote sensing


The module will be divided into two broad sections: Optical data and Laser scanning data Optical data - Introduction to photogrammetry - Aerial photo interpretation and Photo-mapping - Digital photogrammetry - Introduction to stereo satellite products - Orthorectification and DEM generation from satellite data - Environmental application of digital topographic products Laser scanning data - Principle of Lidar remote sensing - Acquisition and pre-processing of Lidar data (Terrestrial, airborne and spaceborne) - Methods of processing LIDAR data - Selected applications of terrestrial, airborne and spaceborne lidar data

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Jensen J. R. (2007). Remote Sensing of the Environment: an earth resource perspective. 

Lillisand, T. M., Kiefer, R. W. & Chipman, J. W. (2003). Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. 

Editor(s): Jie Shan; Charles K. Toth (2009). Topographic Laser Ranging and Scanning: Principles and Processing. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1800 words) 34%
Assignment  (1800 words) 33%
Assignment  (1800 words) 33%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1800 words) 33%
Assignment  (1800 words) 34%
Assignment  (1800 words) 33%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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