Optical, IR, Passive Microwave, SAR & Hyperspectral Sensing|
ATI's Remote Sensing for Earth Science Applications
This course is for those who need to understand the
basics of remote sensing including the instrument
capabilities and limitations, and how the data can be
processed and used. The course covers the basic
concepts of passive and active sensing. The pros and
cons of various orbits and the launch techniques to attain
them are explained. Typical sensor designs, operational
features, and constraints are discussed for low-cost, low-weight
LANDSAT-type sensors. The all-important issue
of sensor data processing is highlighted, including
unique characteristics of each sensor.
This course is presented by top experts in satellite
remote sensing systems, with many years of hands-on
experience. It is recommended for management and
technical people who wish to enhance their
understanding of engineering concepts and applications
of remote sensing systems. The course bridges the
knowledge needed to understand both the sensors and
the data processing for earth remote sensing and
sciences. All attendees will receive a complete set of
Dr. Scott Madry is president of Informatics
International, Inc., an international consulting firm in
Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Madry has been involved in remote
sensing and GIS applications for over 20 years and has
conducted a variety of research and application projects
in Europe, Africa, and North America. He is a Research
Assoc. Professor at the University of North Carolina at
Marvin Maxwell has over 20 years in spacecraft
systems and instrument development while at NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center. He was directly involved
in supporting the development of the AVHRR,
Multispectral Scanner, Thematic Mapper, and the GOES
I-M Imager and Sounder. He provided the instrument
expertise which developed the MODIS requirements.
Dr. Barton D. Huxtable, has over ten years
experience in concept development and performance
prediction for remote sensor systems including radars,
passive millimeter wave imagers, sonars, and lidars. His
career has emphasized signal processing and numerical
algorithm design and implementation for application-specific
data processing and analysis, concentrating on
remote sensor processing systems.
Dr. Calvin Swift is a professor emeritus at the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research
career has focused on the development of novel
instrumentation with applications to passive and active
remote sensing of terrain, ocean, sea and glacial ice, and
the atmosphere. He has authored numerous book
chapters, journal articles, and conference papers in the
area of remote sensing.
Dr. Richard Gomez is a Professor at George Mason
University, and a Principal Research Scientist at the
Center for Earth Observing and Space Research.
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- Scope of Applications. Overview of remote sensing systems and
applications. What systems are and will be in orbit. Cost constraints for
operational systems and scientific programs. Orbits:LEO vs GEO
sunsynchronous, equational, inclined, elliptical, repeating ground track,
- Current Programs and New Trends. TIROS, GOES, DMSP, EOS,
LANDSAT, TOPEX, SSTI, New Millenium, MSTI, SSPT, ERS,
RADARSAT, and other Canadian, European, and Japanese programs.
Small-Sats, sensors, launch vehicle options, new design trends for
miniaturization, techniques for shorter program development.
- Sensing Fundamentals and Techniques. Radiation, blackbody and
electromagnetic, spectral regions. Detection techniques: imagery,
radiation measurement, thermal detection, photon detection, and coherent
techniques. Radiation detectors: photo-conducting and photo-emissive
detectors, thermal detectors, thermopiles, bolometers, pyroelectric
detectors, charge transfer devices. Passive systems: microwave, IR, UV,
X- and gamma rays, particles. Active systems: lidar, radar, synthetic
aperture, altimeters, scatterometers. System issues: cooling, multi-spectral
sensing, detection statistics, and data fusion.
- Fundamentals of SAR. The principles of SAR are presented and system
design tradeoffs are illustrated for various mission requirements.
Examples and case studies are used. Contemporary technology
capabilities are discussed for NASA, DOD and commercial applications.
- Microwave Radiometry. Thermal emission and emissivity. Brightness
temperature and antenna temperature. Radiative transfer. Conventional
types of receivers, sensitivity, and calibration. The synthetic aperature
radiometer. Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere.
Integrated cloud liquid and water vapor measurements. Remote sensing
of precipitation. Temperature and water vapor profiling. Passive
Microwave Remote Sensing of Earth Surface. Sea-surface wind speed,
temperature, and salinity. Sea ice concentration and age. Glacial
inclusions. Soil-moisture measurements and limb sounding.
- Multispectral & Hyperspectral Imaging. The limitations on passive
optical remote sensing. The properties of current sensors. Component
modeling for sensor performance. How to calibrate remote sensors. The
types of data processing used for applications such as terrain material
mapping, multisensor fusion, and pixel mixture analysis. How to
evaluate the performance of data processing algorithms.
Tuition for this 5-day course is $2190 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.