WSI 300 - Remote Sensing and Sensors

Course Description

This course provides a foundation in the use of electronic sensors for remote observations. The focus will be on applications for marine and near-shore environments, though any sensor system/platform may be discussed. Basic sensor science will be applied to the study of remote sensing instruments, including marine acoustics, terrestrial acoustics, visible, laser/LIDAR, multispectral, and hyperspectral. Sensor development and evolution will be studied, as well as related current events including instruments used in deep-sea, commercial, military, and space science industries. Group 2 course.

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Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Placement into ENG 111

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the capabilities of various sensors used in the study of marine and near-shore environments.
  • Develop an understanding of how energy propagates in different spectrums and media.
  • Apply scientific principles regarding acoustics and electromagnetic energy in various mediums.
  • Consider the processes used by sensors to convert emitted and reflected energy into visual representations for analysis.
  • Employ knowledge of sensor science and modern technology surrounding various deployment platforms to identify innovative methods for data collection.
  • Utilize sensor results to prepare effective visuals.
  • Properly communicate results visually.
Human Dimension:
  • Consider how different people interpret color and other cartographic techniques.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Understand how to safely deploy and use various sensors in ways that do not adversely impact the environment being measured.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Apply remote sensing capabilities to real-life applications.