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This course explores the use of data from earth orbiting satellites for monitoring and analyzing the state of the environment from local to regional scales. It provides practical experience in data analysis from a range of earth observation sensors to obtain information on surface properties in 3 dimensions. The derived information can be used for further analysis in Geographic Information Systems.
A large variety of advanced methods and data from optical to microwave remote sensing are readily available today to explore the earth system in space and time. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) in combination with multispectral imaging have become important tools in applied earth sciences and environmental monitoring with specific strengths and applicability. Knowledge about sensor and imaging characteristics in combination with reflection, scattering, and emission processes allow interpretation and retrieval of biogeophysical properties from small to large scale. An intermediate approach will be used in this course to explore important tools such as SAR interferometry (InSAR) to derive surface topography, glacier motion, seismic deformation, and other surface parameters.
Upon completion of this course students will both be able to take advantages and understand restrictions by using spaceborne SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) images, as well as optical and auxiliary satellite data. Students will be able to access free satellite images and undertake medium-complex data analysis tasks making use of image analysis software and programming. A full data analysis chain will be designed for a research project from planning the data acquisition to the presentation of results in a report.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
12 lectures, 12 labs; a tutor will be present in every second lab.Labs are a mixture of computer labs or demonstrations, and a short field trip in the Christchurch area.
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See the Masters in GIS website for further information
Prerequisites: GEOG205, GEOG208Restrictions: GEOG407Recommended preparation: Readings as described in the course handout
Domestic fee $1,114.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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