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Lecture Materials

This page contains all information relevant to the topics covered in lecture. Here you will find: (1) materials presented in lecture, (2) required readings for the class from the text and (3) links to additional readings and other web resources that illustrate topics covered in lectures.

Required Text
Jensen, J.R.  2007. Remote Sensing of the Environment - an Earth Resource Perspective 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall. 592 pp.

Additional readings from sources including:
Lillesand, T.M., Kieffer, R.W. and Chipman, J.W.  2004.  Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 5th ed. New York, John Wiley & Sons. 763 pp
The Remote Sensing Core Curriculum -
The Remote Sensing Tutorial -
Earth From Space - An Astronaut's views of the Home Planet.


In class, I use computer aided presentations. I will place versions of my lecture notes on this page. These materials will be provided as Adobe Portable Document Format files which can be read using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Some of the files may be password protected. All materials and are for your personal use only and as stated in the syllabus they may not be copied nor distributed without my permission.

Iinformation about the topics will be added as they are compiled. I will attempt to place lecture materials before class so you can bring them to lecture if you wish. However, simply printing out the materials is NO substitute for taking your own copious notes during lecture and lab.

Links are also provided on this page to recorded video of the my lecture materials. The videos can only be viewed by computers within the Texas A&M firewall. If you wish to view the videos on a machine outside of Texas A&M you must install and use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) software available from the University. As with the lecture notes,All materials and are for your personal use only and as stated in the syllabus they may not be copied nor distributed without my permission.

Please note that I have produced these lecture materials at different times and they periodically updated. So while their content is very similar you may note slight differences between the lecture slides presented in class and the notes presented here. Also, each time I present a lecture it differs so there are also differences between what you hear in class and appears on the on-line videos.

Topic 1 - Introduction to Remote Sensing

  • Lecture Materials
  • Lecture Video
  • Required Readings
    • Undergraduate - L,K&C sections 1.1 & 2.2
    • Graduate - Jensen, Chapter 1
  • Recommended Reading Remote Sensing Tutorial – Overview and Quiz
  • Other Relevant Links
    • Remote Sensing Entry from the IAG Encyclopedia of Geomorphology by Andrew Klein
    • Evelyn L. Pruitt's obituary in the Annals of American Geographers.
      She is credited with coining the term remote sensing and was an amazing geographer.

Topic 2 - Brief History of Remote Sensing

Topic 3 - Basic Principles of Electromagnetic Radiation

Topic 4 - An Introduction to Aerial Photography

Topic 5 - Aerial Photo Interpretation

Topic 6 - Photogrammetry

Topic 7 - Multispectral Remote Sensing

Topic 8 - Thermal Remote Sensing

Topic 9 - Radar Remote Sensing

Topic 10 - LIDAR Remote Sensing

Topic 11 - Digital Image Processing

Basics of Digital Image Processing

Introduction to Image Classification

  • Lecture Materials - Image Cassification
  • Lecture Video - Image Classification
  • Supplemental Reading - Image Classification note by Dr. Klein. This is a *very* rough document which I originally wrote as lecture notes for my Digital Image Processing class, but may help flush out some points note in the slides. The notes do not contain a detailed discussion of maximum likelihood classifiers
  • Required Reading
    • ALL L,K&C Sections 7.7-7.17
  • Additional Resources

Topic 12 - Spectroscopy

  • Lecture Materials
  • Lecture Video
  • A good introduction to spectrocopy, especially of earth materials is available at the USGS Spectroscopy wesite
  • The ASTER team also has a spectral libary website
  • The Spectrometer we will be using is from ASD inc. You might wish to check out their website and their support section for documentation on the FieldSpec Pro spectrometer we are using in this class.
  • The book by McCoy, R.M. 2005. Field Methods in Remote Sensing. New York: The Guildford Press. Chapters has quite useful information on taking spectral measurements in the field in chapter 4 & 7. Some of the book may be available online at or it can be obtained from the A&M library.



Inquiry Projects

Project 1 - Due September 22th by Close of Business

Project 2 - Due October 27th by Close of Business

Study Guides

Study guides for all topics covered during the semster can be downloaded here


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