Satellite Remote Sensing for Beginners

Get started to learn remote sensing with various earth observation satellite data!
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815 students

Basic knowledge of satellite remote sensing.


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This course provides an introduction of satellite remote sensing for beginners.

The course contains 5 lectures with various sample images taken by earth observation satellites.

  1. What is Remote Sensing

  2. Satellite

  3. Orbit

  4. Utilization

  5. Data Access

Students will learn overview and basic of satellite remote sensing with sample images. The course introduce several satellites carrying sensors to observe the Earth. Students will learn there are two typical types of sensors - i.e. optical and radar - and its advantages and disadvantages. There are also two typical satellite orbits which are geostationary orbit and polar orbit. Satellite data users will select adequate satellites for their purposes.

Students will also learn how the satellite data has being utilized for various applications such as agriculture, forest monitoring, disaster reduction etc. The course also provides how to search and obtain the observation data taken by one of the most famous earth observation satellite - Landsat.

This course is the first step to learn remote sensing. For the next step, the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) provides the following online interactive training with hands-on exercise.

  1. Basic Remote Sensing Course (2 days)

  2. Optical Remote Sensing Course (2 days)

  3. SAR Remote Sensing Course (2 days)

  4. Interferometric SAR Remote Sensing (2 days)

For any feedback and inquiries, please contact RESTEC by e-mail at

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who are interested in satellites, remote sensing and earth observation.

Course content

5 sections5 lectures47m total length
  • What is Remote Sensing


Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan 一般財団法人リモート・センシング技術センター
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The Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) was established in August 1975, with the aim of implementing basic and comprehensive research and development of remote-sensing technology for understanding global phenomena and Earth resources using data obtained from satellites.

For any inquiries, please contact RESTEC at