ENVT4409 Remote Sensing of the Environment

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit introduces students to the concepts and methods of remote sensing of the environment. This includes the use of optical, hydroacoustic and other remote sensing methods to acquire accurate and reliable environmental data, and the processing and manipulation of this information with an appreciation for how those data may be combined with other geospatial data to analyse practical problems. The unit places emphasis on the analysis of remote sensing in a range of contexts, from catchment to coast, including measuring and monitoring environmental processes and applying outputs to scientific and management outcomes.

The unit covers topics including principles of remote sensing; the advantages and disadvantages of different remote sensing data sources; pre-processing and geometric correction of data; incorporation of outputs into a geographic information system; quantitative and qualitative analysis of remotely-sensed environmental data, as well as accuracy and errors assessment of derived outputs. Emphasis is placed on practical training and examples in an effort to give the student a solid foundation in the use of remotely-sensed data for a variety of multidisciplinary applications.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate detailed knowledge of the range of remote-sensing data sources, techniques and methods used to examine environmental problems; (2) understand the importance of integrity, calibration and archiving of remotely-sensed data; (3) be competent in the use of image processing software; and (4) develop and apply a remote-sensing analytical and observation strategy to solve an environmental problem.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) project outline; and (3) final project interactive online Story Map. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ben Radford
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Contact hours
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