Fundaments of optical remote sensing

EO4GEO Lecture

Fundaments of optical remote sensing 2022-01-05T13:04:43+00:00

Product Description

This course contains the basic elements of Earth observation from space, dealing with the basic physical principles, technologies and methodologies used.

The main objective of the course is to provide students with the foundations for studying the processes and environmental parameters with space technologies.

Learning outcomes

  • Define the radiometric spectral quantities radiance, irradiance, flux, brightness, emittance, luminosity,etc.

  • Explain how Planck function and Wien law can help to characterize blackbodies’ emission.

  • Illustrate the main forms of radiation-matter interaction.

  • Illustrate basic features of spectral signatures of vegetation, water and bare soil.

  • Explain how the NDVI relates to vegetation activity/health.

  • Illustrate the importance of Earth’s emitted radiation for EO from space.

  • Discuss the basic principles of solar radiation.

  • Illustrate the interaction of e.m. radiation in the thermal infrared with the atmosphere understanding specifc characteristics of radiative transfer in this specific spectral region.

  • Describe atmospheric transmittance in the optical spectral range.

  • Discuss the change of attenuation length moving from visible to the microwave range and from sea water to solid land surfaces.

BoK concepts

Links to concepts from the EO4GEO Body of Knowledge used in this course:

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Designed and developed by: Valerio Tramutoli, University of Basilicata.

Contributors: Nicola Capece, Valeria Satriano.

License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.

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EQF 5 to 8 (what is this?)



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