Task Your task is to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of remote sensing by making notes on Planck's law of radiation from a blackbody and Wien's Displacement Law and completing the e-Tutorials.

Principles of Remote Sensing
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Source: Trodd N, 2004. Principles of Remote Sensing. UNIGIS: Manchester.
e-Tutorial: Characteristics of EMR  
e-Tutorial: Modes of Remote Sensing  
e-Tutorial: Interpreting a True Colour Composite  
Task Your task is to investigate the properties of Earth surfaces and their interactions with EMR at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Read the documents and explore the links and then demonstrate your understanding by completing the e-Tutorials.
Properties of Earth Surfaces
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Source: Trodd N, 2004. Properties of Earth Surfaces. UNIGIS: Manchester.

Spectral Signatures Source: Price JC, 1994. How unique are spectral signatures? Remote Sensing of Environment, 49, 181-186.
e-Tutorial: Soil Moisture Content  
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
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Source: USGS Spectroscopy Laboratory. <http://speclab.cr.usgs.gov/> URL last accessed 07-10-2007.
e-Tutorial: Modelling Vegetation Canopy Reflectance  
e-Tutorial: Spectral Signatures  
Task The successful application of remote sensing is only possible if appropriate imagery can be acquired. Your task is to read the documents and identify factors that constrain the design of platforms and sensors. How do these constraints affect the characteristics of images acquired by EO missions? You should broaden your knowledge by exploring the web links provided and then complete the e-Tutorial. For example, view aerial photographs and images acquired by geostationary satellites and then use NASA's real-time satellite tracking facility to (i) identify the Earth observation and telecommunications satellites passing over where you live and (ii) monitor the movement of Landsat satellites (note: they cross the equator at approximately 09:45 local time). You can extend your studies by finding out what imagery is being today and where to acquire it.
Platforms and Sensors
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Source: Trodd N, 2007. Earth observation missions: platforms and sensors.
Aerial Photography
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Source: Short NM, 2006. Aerial Photography, Section 10 in the NASA Remote Sensing Tutorial. <http://rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sect10/Sect10_1.html> URL last accessed 16-10-2011.
Geostationary Satellite Imagery
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Source: Dundee Satellite Receiving Station. <http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/> URL last accessed 16-10-2011.
EO missions since 2000
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Source: Wooster M, 2007. Remote sensing: systems and sensors, Progress in Physical Geography, 31, 95-100.
Satellite Platforms for EO


Real-time Satellite Tracking
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Sourcing Satellite Images
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Source: IWMI RS/GIS Unit, 2004. Dummies Guide to Search for Satellite Images for a Study Area of Your Interest? <http://www.iwmidsp.org/iwmi/dummies/Dum_Guide.asp> URL last accessed 16-10-2011.

Image Characteristics
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Source: Trodd N, 2007. Earth observation missions: image characteristics.
Task Your task is to review the components of the remote sensing system and read this document to be able to design an ideal remote sensing system - or not.
An Ideal Remote Sensing System
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Source: Trodd N, 2007. An ideal remote sensing system.