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CEG2709 : Satellite Earth Observation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Maria-Valasia Peppa
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module develops a detailed understanding of remote sensing, with a focus on sensor characteristics, advanced image processing techniques and real-world applications. Students will be introduced to the latest research and developments in remote sensing technology and techniques and will gain an insight into applications from across the geosciences.

Outline Of Syllabus

Advanced consideration of the interactions of electromagnetic radiation with the Earth’s surface and atmosphere. Hyperspectral, thermal and radar remote sensing. Field spectroscopy. Advanced image pre-processing and processing techniques. Applications of remote sensing in mapping, environmental Earth observation and global change monitoring. Challenges and opportunities for remote sensing now and in the future.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Completion of coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading200:4515:00Lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Cluster computer practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study143:0043:00Reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge of sensor types, data acquisition and processing and applications is primarily taught through lectures, supported by practicals developing image processing skills in applied contexts. Development of skills in critical review of remote sensing literature and identification of appropriate processing methodologies will be assisted by a seminar and independent study.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70In person exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15N/A
Report2M15Application report - 800 word report on remote sensing applications
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A formal examination will be used to assess understanding of lectured theoretical concepts and principles, reviewing development, application as well as image processing methodologies and data analysis. Progress will be assed via Canvas quizzes, completed in the practical sessions. Student will be asked to research an application independently and summarise in a short essay, that way improving critical review skills.

Reading Lists