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Syllabus of the course: Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing

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InstructorN. Chrysoulakis
ProgramTuesday, 11:00-13:00, Amphitheater B
Thursday, 15:00-17:00, Amphitheater Α
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Goal of the courseThe goal of this course is the acquaintance with the satellite remote sensing and the acquisition of basic knowledge for its applications in land, atmosphere and sea. The potential of satellite remote sensing to support a broad range of scientific domains that involved in the study of environment will be presented and the benefits for the students of Department of Physics will be pointed out. Because the broad range of applications of remote sensing, their presentations will not be exhaustive, but the objective is the provided information to set the basis for the further studying. For this reason, some important applications of remote sensing have been selected for detailed presentation. Will be taught techniques for satellite image processing, based on methodological approaches that allow the combined exploitation of satellite derived information in several spectral areas to estimate spatio-temporal distributions of bio-geo-physical parameters. Finally, the synergy of satellite remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems will be demonstrated; the importance of remote sensing in global, national and local levels will be discussed and the role of European Space Agency will be presented.
Syllabus- The role and the importance of satellite remote sensing in Earth System Science for the study of global change.
- Electromagnetic radiation and satellite systems.
- Interaction of radiation with matter in satellite observations.
- Satellite sensors and spectral areas of satellite observations.
- Characteristics of satellite sensors and data – operational Earth Observation missions.
- Geometric and atmospheric corrections of satellite images.
- Photo-interpretation and digital image processing methods.
- Methods for extracting bio-geo-physical parameters from satellite observations.
- Satellite remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems.
- Remote sensing applications.
- Real time acquisition and processing of Earth Observation imagery: The satellite ground receiving station of FORTH.
- Trends in satellite remote sensing: The global challenges, the European Space Agency and status of remote sensing in Greece.
Bibliography“Principles and Applications of Remote Sensding”, C. Cartalis and H. Feidas. V. Giurdas Puplishing, Athens , 2007 (in Greek).
“Physical Principles of Remote Sensing”, W. G. Rees, ISBN 0521669480, 2001.
“Radiation and Climate”, I.M. Vardavas, and F.W. Taylor, International Series of Monographs on Physics Νο. 138, Oxford University Press, 2007.

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