||ES 771 Requirements|
James S. Aber
This course emphasizes hands-on experience involving actual aerial and space-based imagery of the Earth as well as ground-truth observations. Processing techniques and interpretation focus on environmental aspects of surficial features in continental settings including vegetation, soils, water bodies, landforms, and human land use and settlement. The requirements below reflect this practical emphasis.
* Note: Student work should be turned in as digital text and image files in the form of e-mail attachments. Acceptable text formats include plain ascii text (txt) or rich text format (rtf) only. Please do not send Mircosoft Word or other bloatware files. Images may be sent separately in gif or jpg formats (not bmp or other formats).
- Lab Exercises: Practical exercises over photographic, satellite and radar imagery. Digital image processing will be conducted in the GeoSpatial Analysis (GSA) Laboratory, SH 16, and instructor will supply all necessary datasets and materials—see FTP. Labs should be turned in as digital text and image files.* Lab exercises are normally due one week after the initial class session—see course schedule. Late labs may receive a grade penalty. No late exercises will be accepted after April 27th. Lab exercises make up 40% of total grade.
- Group Project: Students will form into small groups (2-3 students each) to conduct a project that involves some aspect of remote sensing. The nature of projects may vary substantially, but must involve actual image processing and analysis. Subject matter is open to any topic or geographic region, as approved by the instructor. On the importance of teamwork in the geosciences.
Projects will be presented to the class toward the end of the semester and may be given in the form of traditional web pages or interactive formats. For further instructions and suggestions, go to group project. Project and presentation are worth 25% of total grade.
- Note: The project must be original and unique work created by the students' own effort and submitted for ES 771 only. Project results, images, text or other components of the report may not be utilized for other earth science courses without prior consent of the instructor.
- Final exam: A practical, take-home exam on image processing will take place during finals week. Students will apply techniques learned during the course and will receive instructions for downloading satellite imagery of a specific location or setting. Students will process the imagery to depict certain phenomena or events. Exam is worth 25% of course grade.
- Participation: All students are expected to send comments or questions via e-mail weekly following each lecture. In addition, students are expected to submit items for the course blog. Challenge opportunities may be given on the blog from time to time. Participation is worth 10% of total grade.
- Field trip: One (or more) one-day field trips to long-term study sites, such as Cheyenne Bottoms, Ross Reservation, or Silver City. Methods of small-format aerial photography and ground-based observations will be conducted to document environmental conditions. Locations and dates are subject to weather conditions in mid to late April. Counts as part of course participation.
- All students should review the departmental policy on plagiarism. See grading scale.
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