Applications of Earth Observation

04-GEO-TB2

Lecturer

Christopher Conrad

ECTS

5 ECTS

 

Aim

In this lecture you will gain a broad overview of the applications of remote sensing. Examples from different disciplines and applied Earth Observation projects will provide your with a comprehensive understanding of if, where and how remote sensing can contribute to qualitative and quantitative assessments of the cryosphere, forest ecosystems, agro-ecosystems, the coastal zone and urban ecosystems; amongst others. We will evaluate the potential of passive and active sensor systems and adress the advantages and shortcomings of existing sensors in the optical / mutlsispectral, thermal and microwave domain.

Content

This lecture provides knowledge on applications of Earth Observation with a focus on remote sensing of the land surface. Which research questions of different disciplines can be answered by the means of Earth Observation? What are the main approaches? The module links up remote sensing measurements to geo- and biophysical parameters required for further geoanalysis. Commonly used methodological approaches for the derivation of the different parameters are presented. Examples include amongst others applications in geography, environmental planning, ecology, biology, oceanology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, but also e.g. pollution control (monitoring) and natural resource management. In addition, the module outlines selected examples, how remote sensing technology can be transferred to the workplace of professionals also beyond science, e.g. via the use of geoinformation systems.

General Course News and Updates

MSc thesis defense by Florian Baumgartner

MSc thesis defense by Florian Baumgartner

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MSc defense by Frederic Schwarzenbacher

MSc defense by Frederic Schwarzenbacher

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MSc defense by Belen Villacis

MSc defense by Belen Villacis

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MSc defense by Ronja Lappe

MSc defense by Ronja Lappe

Ronja Lappe handed in her M.Sc. thesis "Assessing 30 years of coastline dynamics in Vietnam using the Landsat archive"from the abstract: "Almost half of the world’s human population lives in coastal regions, with 40 % less than ten meters above sea level. Due to...

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MSc defense by Martin Koenig

MSc defense by Martin Koenig

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thesis idea presentations

thesis idea presentations

On Monday 26th of July at 2pm we will have two MSc thesis idea presentations:   Jakob Wachter (thesis idea):"Derivation of Snow cover in mountain regions from Webcam and Sentinel Imagery (thesis idea)" - supervisors Dr. Tobias Ullmann and Dr. Mattia Rossi, EURAC...

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