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CEG2709 : Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rachel Gaulton
  • 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Independent literature review and write-up of assessed practical
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Computer practicals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminars on critical review of remote sensing
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
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 Examination1202A70Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Approx. 1000 words (10 hours effort)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MFormative Blackboard "quizzes" completed during the 3 non-assessed computer practical sessions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A formal examination will be used to assess understanding of theoretical concepts in remote sensing and image processing. A practical report will assess competencies in critical review of literature, independent development and application of image processing methodologies and data analysis and presentation. Progress in non-assessed practicals will be confirmed by formative assessments to be completed within the practical session.

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