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Satellite Remote Sensing Fundamentals

Learn satellite observations, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, spatial data science, and cloud based big data analysis.
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INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING: Learn both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the latest satellite remote sensing technologies with easy to follow video lectures and laboratory exercises.

This course provides an introduction to remote sensing, and hands-on practical exercises to processing, downloading, and visualizing large volume of geospatial data in Google Earth Engine platform. Specifically we will cover:

  • Definitions of remote sensing
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Types of resolutions in remote sensing
  • Active and passive sensors
  • Earth observation satellites
  • Remote sensing data access

No prior experience required. All are tailored such that anyone can follow them easily.

To date the ability to have skills on analyzing and utilizing geospatial data is key to various decision makings. Accessing and utilizing satellite data is not an easy task. This course will provide you the necessary skills on how to manipulate and utilize a satellite data for your own purpose.

In my course, I will give you the tools and skills through a step-by-step lecture and lab exercises. You will understand the fundamentals of remote sensing and gain skills on manipulating earth observation data. The skills you learn will enable you to access, and utilize satellite-derived remote sensing data in any online data portals.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for those who are not familiar with remote sensing.
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What Will I Learn?
At the end of this course, students will be able to master concepts in remote sensing.
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  • No prior knowledge is required.
Curriculum For This Course
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Background to remote sensing
1 Lecture 06:53

This lecture provides background information on satellite remote sensing.

Preview 06:53

A human eye can only see the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
1 question
Types of resolutions in remote sensing
1 Lecture 04:41

This lecture explains about the four types of resolutions in satellite remote sensing.

Lecture 2
Passive and Active Sensors
1 Lecture 03:46

This lecture explains the passive and active sensors in satellite remote sensing.

Lecture 3
Earth Observation Satellites
1 Lecture 08:14

This lecture explains about the the current operational earth observation satellites.

Lecture 4
Remote Sensing Data Access
1 Lecture 02:39

This lecture explains about the different online satellite remote sensing data portals to download geospatial data.

Lecture 5
Lab 1: Introduction to Earth Engine
1 Lecture 09:54

This video provides a lab demo on how to manipulate and visualize satellite data using Google Earth Engine.

Preview 09:54
Lab 2: Introduction to Earth Engine
1 Lecture 07:30

This video provides a lab demo on how to manipulate and visualize satellite data using Google Earth Engine.

Lecture 7
About the Instructor
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Dr. Alemayehu Midekisa (PhD) is a research scientist at the University of California San Francisco. He has a Master of Science degree in GIS and Remote Sensing and a PhD in Geospatial Science & Engineering. Dr. Midekisa is also the recipient of the prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship and various other awards. He has over 10 years of experience applying geospatial science and technologies in various applications including public health, agriculture, and natural resources.

His research work in the application of geographic information science has been published in various scientific journals. His work is featured in The New York Times, PBS News Hour, The Berkeley Science Review and others. He has presented his research findings in various scientific meetings including the American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers, American Tropical and Hygiene and Medicine, and NASA Science Team Meetings. He teaches online courses in various themes including geospatial science and technology, success in life, online business, and social media marketing at Udemy. He is also the founder of Nile Geospatial.

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