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ECE 4194 - Engineering Principles of Remote Sensing (3C)

Course Description

Physical principles involved in remote sensing of Earth's environment and their implementation in engineering systems: fundamentals of electromagnetic wave propagation, scattering by matter, effects of propagation media, passive and active systems, remote sensing platforms, data processing, systems integration, and introductory concepts important for the design and analysis of remote sensing engineering systems.

Why take this course?

Remote sensing is a field that is evolving rapidly as more and more techniques are developed and implemented to address a wide range of scientific and societal problems (e.g., climate change, national security, urban development, etc.). Traditionally, undergraduate courses in remote sensing have been offered through social sciences departments (e.g., geography) or natural resources (e.g., forestry) where the primary emphasis is extraction of higher level information from remotely sensed datasets to meet a specific application. This course provides students with a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of remote sensing theory and techniques while at the same time providing a broad introduction to the diverse applications encompassed by this rapidly developing field.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe remote sensing applications and engineering technologies
  • Explain remote sensing techniques in terms of physical processes
  • Analyze remote sensing systems to assess performance
  • Describe remote sensing platforms and systems integration issues
  • Apply remote sensing design concepts