Catalog Description
7600,7601. Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments (4,0)
2 lectures and 1 3-hour lab per week. P: Consent of instructor. Application of optical remote sensing to examinations of material transport within and between coupled land - ocean systems. Introduces image processing and analysis, integration of field measurement technologies and algorithm development. Emphasis is on the use of remote sensing as a research and decision-making tool.

Course outline
History of remote sensing
Electromagnetic spectrum
Principles of remote sensing of coastal environments
Airborne and space borne instruments
Ocean Color Analysis (passive remote sensing)
Basics of image processing and information extraction
Ground and sea truthing / field technologies
Atmospheric correction
Algorithm development of biogeochemical parameters
Example: suspended sediment transport in NC coastal waters
Basic and applied research of critical societal issues
Future directions of remote sensing technologies

Students taking this course will:

Evaluate instrument characteristics for meeting project goals
Process and analyze remotely sensed images
Analyze field data and apply to remote sensing applications
Apply goal-oriented image processing techniques
Apply processed remotely sensed data to a project in NC
Examine the scientific literature on the use of remote sensing for coastal research and environmental management
Compare / contrast the use of remote sensing for coastal land and ocean processes

Instructor: Dr. Richard L. Miller
Office: 131 Flanagan
Contact Information:; blackboard
Classroom: Flanagan 337
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday 12:00 – 1:20 PM
Labs: Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00