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AAE59000 - Introduction to Remote Sensing

Spring 2016

Days/Time: TBA / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To provide students an overview of the key elements of Earth remote sensing systems, including instruments, satellite (and to a lesser degree, airborne) platforms, data processing and orbit/mission design. Introduction of the important principles needed to design EO satellite systems, where "system" includes the instrument(s), satellite platform, orbit selection, data reduction and calibration/validation.

This course, co-listed with the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (Deee), will introduce students to key aspects of the design of satellite systems for Earth observation (EO). We will start by identifying the physical quantities which need to be measured in order to understand changes in the Earth's atmosphere, land surfaces and oceans. These parameters will be compared with the various phenomenologies that enable them to be measured remotely from space. Next, we will look at the design of instruments and satellite systems around these principles. Microwave instruments will be emphasized, although there will also be discussion of optical systems. This is the first part of a two-semester course sequence, intended equally for students in Engineering or the Sciences. Part II will be a comprehensive design project.

Topics Covered:
Science Requirements; Measurement Phenomenology; Instrument Design; Orbit Selection and Mission Design; Platform Design (satellite bus, launch vehicle, etc.); Retrieval, Model Inversion; Calibration/Validation; Cost and "non-technical" issues.

Graduate Student in Engineering or Science. AAE301, ECE01 or equivalent (linear signals and systems). AAE203 or equivalent (classical mechanics), or permission of instructor.

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Approx.5 homeworks will be assigned. Will generally place emphasis on more "real-world" problems vs. "text book" examples, and involve some amount of computer programming.

Students must complete a course project on a topic of their choice, selected in consultation with the instructor. The project will consist of a thorough literature review, of an instrument, remote sensing technique, or satellite mission, either in development or currently operational. A presentation and written report are required.

No Exams.

**Updated 7/5/2011** Required Text: Physical Principles of Remote Sensing, W.G. Rees - latest edition. ISBN: 0-52-166948-0. Lecture presentation slides, example research papers, and some additional notes will also be provided.

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James L. Garrison
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
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