Courses & Units

Remote Sensing: Introduction KGG103


Satellite images and aerial photographs are used to observe the earth and its atmosphere. These images are used for mapping and monitoring our natural and human environment. Remote sensing is an exciting field that is constantly changing with regular launches of new satellites carrying state-of-the-art sensors. The resulting images are used in a huge range of fields, such as climate change studies, glaciology, vegetation studies, oceanography, forestry, urban studies and environmental management. This unit introduces you to the basics of remote sensing, starting with the physics of light and its interaction with the atmosphere and Earth surface. We will cover the technical and practical characteristics of a range of satellite and airborne sensors. You will work with satellite images in weekly computer practicals. These sessions will give you skills to display and analyse remotely sensed imagery and extract useful information from these images. This unit provides important scientific and professional skills for students who are interested in geography, environmental science, earth sciences, agricultural science, plant science, computing and information systems, and marine and Antarctic studies. Computer skills will be indispensable for almost all positions in geoscience, and students who have acquired experience in data analysis, digital mapping, remote sensing, GPS and geographical information systems (GIS) will be best prepared to enter the job market. This unit forms part of the GIS and Remote Sensing Major and Minor.


Unit name Remote Sensing: Introduction
Unit code KGG103
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
Discipline Geography and Spatial Science
Teaching staff

Dr A Lucieer

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 13 x 3-hr lab classes


Assignment 1: online quiz and practical questions (10% ), Assignment 2: questions related to 4 practicals (25%), Assignment 3: questions related to three practicals (25%), 2-hr exam (40%)

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