Graduate Classes

SSC 545 Remote Sensing Applications
Spring semester of even-numbered years

To develop a comprehensive understanding of remote sensing principles and methods and their applications in soil science and agriculture. Secondary objectives are: development of strategies for incorporating remote sensing in studentsÂ’ research and related areas; and introduction to practical, hands-on skills for processing, analysis, display, and discussion of remote sensing data with applications in soil science and agriculture.

SSC 200 Soil Science, or equivalent (basic soils); PY212 College Physics II: Electricity, magnetism, light, modern physics, or equivalent. Basic familiarity with production agriculture.

two hour exams and a final exam; research project proposal; homework assignments

Primary Topics:

  • Electromagnetic Radiation Physics
  • Aerial Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Satellites & Remote Sensing Platforms
  • Digital Image Processing, Interpretation, and Classification
  • Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
  • Soil and Plant Reflectance and Vegetation Indices
  • Topographic Remote Sensing Methods
  • Soil Electrical Conductivity
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Thermal Infrared Imaging: Thermography
  • Passive Microwave Radiometry
  • Passive Gamma-wave Spectrometry
  • Remote sensing for nitrogen management, weed control, famine avoidance

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