SOIL&WAT 7008 - Remote Sensing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code SOIL&WAT 7008 Course Remote Sensing Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEOLOGY 3010 Course Description The course deals with use of satellite and airborne imagery for environmental and agricultural applications such as land mapping, site evaluation and monitoring degradation and change. Topics include the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with the earth's surface, spectral characteristics of earth surface materials, the nature of imagery collected by a variety of current earth-observation sensors, the use of this imagery for detecting, mapping and monitoring environmental features, collection of field data to interpret imagery, integration of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental monitoring and modelling, and specialised forms of imagery such as radar, thermal, airborne video and digital photography. Practicals use computer-based image analysis software to enhance and interpret digital images, produce thematic maps, analyse change over time and combine images and map data. Field-based practicals include the use of spectroradiometers for collecting reflectance data about land cover.
Course Coordinator: Professor Megan Lewis
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student in this course should be able to:
1 Explain the physical principles and concepts underlying common forms of remote sensing; 2 Describe the sources, nature and characteristics of common forms of remote sensing data; 3 Be able to locate sources of technical information about satellites, sensors and applications; 4 Be aware of new developments and trends in earth observation; 5 Perform a range of key digital image analyses using specialist software; 6 Interpret the information provided by digital imagery for a range of applications and prepare reports that incorporate outputs from digital image analysis software; 7 Describe how remote sensing is being used for a range of disciplines and applications; 8 Choose appropriate forms of remote sensing and recommend analyses for particular applications.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,4,5,6,7,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,3,4,5,6,7,8, A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1
Required ResourcesThe course lecture notes and practical manual are the key resources for this course. Materials will provided on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au). Other teaching materials including lecture recordings, additional exercises and practical notes, course documentation and past examination papers will also be posted on this site.
Recommended ResourcesText and reference books
* Campbell, J.B. (2006). Introduction to Remote Sensing. 4th edn. Guilford Press.
Cracknell, A. (2007). Introduction to Remote Sensing 2nd. edn. Taylor and Francis.
Drury, S.A. (2001). Image Interpretation in Geology 3rd edn. Blackwell Science.
* Gibson, P.J. and Power, C. H. (2000). Introductory Remote Sensing Principles and Concepts. London, Routledge.
* Jensen, J.R. (1986). Introductory Digital Image Processing 2nd edn. Prentice Hall.
Jensen, J.R. (2007). Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective 2nd edn. Prentice Hall.
* Lillesand, T.M. and Kiefer, R.W. (2000). Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. 4th edn. John Wiley & Sons, New York.
McCloy, K. (2006). Resource Management Information Systems: Remote Sensing, GIS and Modelling. 2nd edn. Taylor and Francis.
Richards, J.A. and Xiuping, J. (1999). Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis: An Introduction 3rd edn. Springer.
*Text is available in the reserve collection or short-term loan from the Barr Smith Library.
Numerous remote sensing journals are available online through the library. Key journals include
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
International Journal of Remote Sensing
Journal of Spatial Science
Remote Sensing Remote Sensing of Environment
A wealth of on-line remote sensing resources and learning materials are available. Details of some are provided via MyUni for the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of:
- 2 X 1-hour lectures per week
- 1 X 3 -hour practical session per week
It is important to attend the lectures or listen to the recorded lecture materials prior to the corresponding practical session. The practical exercises will be difficult to understand without this background.
The assignments draw on knowledge and skills covered in several lectures and practicals, with additional interpretation, synthesis and presentation. If you attend and complete the exercises during practical sessions, you will have achieved much of the work required for the assignments.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Lecture Practical Week 1 Introduction to Remote sensing Introduction to ERDAS Imagine image analysis software Week 2 Sources and characteristics of remotely sensed data Internet resources for remote sensing. Image interpretation, comparison of remote sensing data sources Week 3 Image display, enhancement and interpretation Image enhancement: image enhancement, multispectral transformations Week 4 Digital analysis of images Image analysis: principal components analysis Week 5 Geometric distortion of airborne and satellite imagery Geometric correction and geo-registration of images
Digital image classification
Week 6 Classification of multispectral digital imagery Digital image classification Week 7 Field data for remote sensing Advanced image classification; accuracy assessment Week 8 Hyperspectral remote sensing Hyperspectral analysis Week 9 Monitoring environmental change with remote sensing Monitoring change with multitemporal imagery Week 10 Gamma radiometric sensing Gamma radiometric data interpretation Week 11 Integrating remote sensing and GIS Integrating remote sensing and GIS for display, analysis and intrpretation Week 12 Answering the big science questions with remote sensing Completion of practical assignments
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Due Assignment 1 Formative or Summative
No 1,2,3 Week 2 Assignment 2 10% No 1,2,5 Week 5 Assignment 3 15% No 1,2,5,6 Week 8 Assignment 4 15% No 1,4,5,6 Week 10 Assignment 5 15% No 1,2,5,6,7 Week 12 Final Exam Summative 40% No 1,2,4,7,8 Exam period
Assessment DetailAssessments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are based on individual student submission of assignments. While students may work together during practicals, assignments must be individual and original work.
Assignment 5 is based on work conducted in small groups; one assignment is submitted for the group, with individual contributions clearly identified.
Assignment 1: Image Sources and Characteristics. (5% of total)
Written assignment of short answers, based on lectures and practicals in weeks 1 and 2.
Assignment 2: Image enhancement and interpretation (10% of total)
Illustrated written report based on practical exercises and lectures in weeks 3-5.
Assignment 3: Image classification (15% of total)
Illustrated written report based on practical exercises and lectures in weeks 6 and 7.
Assignment 4: Hyperspectral analysis (10% of total)
Illustrated written report of short answers based on practical exercises and lectures in week 8.
Assignment 5: Applied remote sensing assignment (20% of total)
Illustrated written report based on practical exercises and lectures in weeks 10 and 11 and reading of journal articles.
Exam (40% of total)
A 2 hour written exam drawing on lecture material, exercises and practicals. Comprises short answers, questions requiring calculations and diagrams and longer written explanations. Examples of previous exam papers are provided in MyUni.
SubmissionAssignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni. Ensure that you are familiar with procedures for doing this: if in doubt seek assistance in practical classes.
Do NOT email assignments to the lecturing or demonstrating staff – assignments are not accepted this way.
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Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations
include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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