WSI 315 - Advanced Marine Survey & Data

Course Description

This course provides a foundation in the coordination of maritime surveys from a pre-deployment standpoint. Students will be expected to have a strong understanding of the remote sensing science including capabilities and limitations of the sensor systems to be used. A major focus of the course will be to develop student skillsets for processing and merging marine and terrestrial datasets from a wide range of sources and systems. Significant time will be devoted to proper manipulation of data using commercial and freely-available tools. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

WSI 215

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

WSI 300

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the methods used to plan a marine data collection.
  • Accommodate the limitations of various sensors used in the study of marine environments.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how energy propagates in different spectrums and media.
  • Identify practical uses for acoustic sonars (marine and terrestrial), LIDAR systems, and visible/multispectral/hyperspectral sensors, including processing results.
  • Employ knowledge of various sensors to combine data from different sources, generating continuous results of overlapping collection areas.
  • Utilize sensor results to prepare effective visuals for communication purposes.
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:
  • Determine where Survey Planning and Advanced Marine Data Processing apply to real-world applications.