Geography | Topics in Environmental Geography
G440 | 2402 | Green

TOPIC: Remote Sensing of Global Environmental Change: Human and Ecological
Dimensions of Land Use and Deforestation.

This course will cover the theory and application of Satellite Remote
Sensing to the study of Global Change.  It will primarily focus on
measuring and monitoring human induced changes to terrestrial vegetation
cover, primarily temperate and tropical forest, using satellite derived
images.  The course will stress a hands-on approach that will enable the
student to: set up a workable scientific strategy for studying global
change, search for appropriate data, order and convert data to usable
forms, process scenes for work in the field, collect relevant ground truth
data, analyze time series data, complete image classifications, explore
other image processing techniques, and explore the modeling of
deforestation processes.  By directly completing a series of weekly
exercises the techniques learned should be more easily transportable out of
the classroom.  A practical strategy that stresses efficiency and
productivity will be employed in which the students help build procedural
documentation that will ultimately be accessible on the web.