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Module title Remote sensing
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. inż. Jan Piekarczyk
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Lecturer position profesor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 15


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the principles of interpretation of the natural environment using satellite and airborne images and provide examples of the practical use of remote sensing for environmental studies.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Definition of remote sensing and its historical development; Physical basics of electromagnetic waves interaction with the elements of the Earth's surface, and atmospheric effects on the permeability of these waves. Methods and instruments for interpretation of airborne and satellite images. Basic rules for the interpretation of soils, vegetation during its growth as well as surface waters in the optical range Discussion of the use of aerial thermal photographs and radar images to study the natural environment. Preparing the aerial photo and satellite image for interpretation – georeferencing. Interpretation of the aerial photo and satellite image of agriculture landscape: creating the vector layer and the database, Corine code definition. Obtaining of the reflectance factors and spectral curves from the satellite image data. The use of the satellite data to create a layer showing the spatial distribution of vegetation indices. Verification of satellite image interpretation.

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