EASC 471: Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


This course is of two parts. Part I introduces the principles and concepts of Remote Sensing (RS): a sophisticated technology of earth observation, which provides fundamental data for global environment investigation. In this part, students are introduced to environmental issues of Earth, principles of RS, satellites and sensors, RS imagery, data acquisition systems, digital image processing for RS imagery, and applications. Part II introduces the principles, concepts and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS): a decision support tool for planners and managers of spatial information. Database development, manipulation and spatial analysis techniques for information generation will be taught. Application of GIS in natural resource management, environment, civil engineering, etc, will be discussed through mini project and laboratory exercises.