GV2MES-Monitoring the Earth from Space

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Kevin White

Email: k.h.white@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
«p»This module will introduce students to a variety of remotely sensed data and teach them how to turn this into useful information for a range of geographical applications. This module will also develop skills in extracting useful information about the environment from a wide range of Earth Observation data, using industry-standard software tools.«/p»

The aim of this module is to furnish students with sufficient understanding and skills to enable them to employ remote sensing techniques as part of their geographical studies, and more specifically for their research projects and dissertations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to:
Describe and explain the physical basis of optical and radar remote sensing
Distinguish between and evaluate the main types of remote sensing system
Name the most important remote sensing missions, and discuss their utility for environmental monitoring
Understand and explain the physical controls over what we can and cannot interpret from different types of remote sensing data
Identify appropriate data from specific remote sensing missions for a range of environmental applications
Describe and explain the form and structure of digital image data
Compare and contrast a range of image processing algorithms
Select appropriate techniques to analyze and interpret a range of remotely sensed data
Adopt a systematic approach to accuracy, precision and uncertainty
Use IT effectively and appropriately to select, analyze, present, and communicate spatial data
Apply basic and more advanced numerical skills effectively and appropriately to spatial data

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to develop a wide range of key skills through a programme of self directed study which aims to collect, analyze, and present data. Following this, they will be in a position to reflect on the process of learning, and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses.

Outline content:
The module will cover development of remote sensing, aerial photography and stereopsis, the structure of digital image data, electromagnetic radiation and the electromagnetic spectrum, energy-matter interactions, spectral characteristics of vegetation, soils, rocks and water, remote sensing systems, remote sensing platforms, applications in geology, geomorphology, soil science, vegetation monitoring, meteorology and climatology, coastal zone and oceanography. The practicals will cover the nature and structure of digital image data, acquiring and importing remote sensing data, contrast stretching and density slicing, false colour composites, vegetation ratios, spatial filtering, image preprocessing, image enhancement, classification, time series analysis, processing of synthetic aperture radar data.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A one hour lecture and two hour practical over nine weeks, with an additional surgery session for completion of coursework

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Project Supervision 3
Practicals classes and workshops 18
Fieldwork 4
Guided independent study 166
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The summative assement will be a 3000 word writeup of a small remote sensing research project undertaken by the student.

Formative assessment methods:
Each week the students will carry out a directed practical class, which will be used to provide weekly formative assessment, and guide the student as to the progress of their learning

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

- where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;

- where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework as specified by the Department

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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