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ATI's Passive Microwave Remote Sensing course

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      This three-and-a-half-day course will cover the fundamentals of passive remote sensing and provide a summary of the information needed to understand space-based microwave remote sensing systems. The course is designed for satellite design engineers and managers who wish to understand remote sensing of the land, sea and atmosphere. The course will enhance the knowledge of both people working in the field and also provide a systems perspective for satellite engineers and instrument designers. Each topic will be illustrated using published data about current remote sensing instruments, focusing on practical working systems and issues. From this course you will obtain the knowledge and ability to perform basic systems engineering calculations, evaluate tradeoffs and evaluate advanced systems. Each participant will receive a complete set of notes & the textbook Microwave Remote Sensing-Vol. I.

      Dr. Calvin Swift is a professor 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. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the IEEE Centennial Medal, and the University of Massachusetts Faculty Fellowship Award. Dr. Swift has served as President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing, as Executive Editor of its Transactions, and as technical or general chair of several technical symposia. He has contributed to the evaluation of several spaceborne sensors including the SeaSat SMMR and the DMSP SSM/I. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and received degrees from MIT (BS), Virginia Tech (MS), and the College of William and Mary (Ph.D.).

      Dr. C. Read Predmore is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Predmore received his Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University. He joined the National Radio Astronomy Observatory where he helped develop the broadband communication system for the Very Large Array. Since coming to the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Predmore has worked on state-of-the-art cryogenic receivers, high-speed digital correlators, telescope optics, microwave holography, and acousto optical spectrometers. He is currently responsible for precision pointing and metrology for the Large Millimeter Telescope.

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    What You Will Learn:

      From this course you will obtain the knowledge and ability to understand passive remote sensing systems, identify tradeoffs and sensor capabilities, interact meaningfully with colleagues, and understand the literature.

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction to Passive Microwave Remote Sensing — Description of the earth surface and atmosphere. Application of passive microwave remote sensing. Relevant portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Brief history.

    2. Fundamental Concepts — Plane waves, polarization, Fresnel relations, dielectric properties of manner, scattering and molecular resonance absorption.

    3. Antenna Fundamentals — Suitable types of antennas. Directivity, sidelobes, and loss.

    4. Introduction to Microwave Radiometry — Thermal emission and emissivity. Brightness temperature and antenna temperature. Radiative transfer.

    5. Radiometer Receivers. — Conventional types of receivers, sensitivity, and calibration. The synthetic aperature radiometer. Stokes parameters and polarimetric and polarimetric radiometers.

    6. Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere — Integrated cloud liquid and water vapor measurements. Remote sensing of precipitation. Temperature and water vapor profiling.

    7. 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.

    8. Microwave Radio Astronomy — Fundamental concepts and systems. Single dish & antenna arrays. Theoretical limits to receiver noise. State of the art in continuum and heterodyne receiver systems. Single pixel and array receivers. Review of literature for microwave remote sensing of the solar system, pulsars, interstellar medium, pulsars, star forming regions and extragalactic objects such as black holes.


      Tuition for this three-and-half-day course is $1395 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