University of Florida

ABE 6035
Advanced Remote Sensing in Engineering:
Science and Sensors

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

To develop an understanding of remote sensing theory and systems in visible; near-, mid-, and thermal-infrared; and microwave regions of the EM spectrum.

Pre-requisites/Co-requisites

Differential and Integral Calculus

Course Objectives

The course is divided into two parts. The first half of the course will be aimed at understanding remote sensing theory. Some of the topics that will be covered during this half are: EM spectrum, wave theory, thermal and dielectric properties of the natural media, interaction of EM radiation with these media, absorption, emission, and scattering of EM radiation in different frequency regions, and radiative transfer theory. The second half of the course will involve understanding the system characteristics of sensors used in the different frequency regions including their design, calibration and performance issues.

The course is designed for graduate students who have a strong background in differential and integral calculus, and preferably, in applied physics. It is primarily a lecture-based course with three exams and homework assignments. This course is also a pre-requisite to a more application-oriented course, ABE6262 – Remote sensing in hydrology, which will be taught during the fall of every even year.

Instructor

Jasmeet Judge
275 Frazier Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 ext 299
E-mail: jasmeet@ufl.edu

Material/Supply Fees:

None.

Class Materials Required

Text Recommendations

There is no required text. Handouts will be provided from the following reference texts:

  • Cheng, Field and Wave Electromagnetics, Addison-Wesley, 1992.
  • Ulaby, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Prentice Hall, 2001.
  • Bohren C.F. and Huffman, D. R., Absorption and scattering of Light by Small Particles, Wiley Interscience.
  • Ulaby, Moore, and Fung, Microwave Remote Sensing: Volume I, Fundamentals and Radiometry, Addison-Wesley, 1981
  • Ulaby, Moore, and Fung, Microwave Remote Sensing: Volume II, Active, Addison-Wesley, 1981

Course Outline

Classes will be primarily lecture-based.

PART I: Remote Sensing Science

  • Introduction
    • Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum
    • Applications of remote sensing
  • Electromagnetics
    • Vector Analysis and co-ordinate transformation
    • Wave theory
    • Interaction of EM radiation with different media
  • Exam I
    • Absorption, emission and scattering of EM radiation in different frequency regions of the EM spectrum
    • Radiative transfer theory

PART II: Sensors in Remote Sensing

  • Sensors used in the Visible, NIR and MIR regions
    • System characteristics of the sensors including key devices used
    • Design, calibration and performance issues
    • Latest technological advances in sensor development including LIDAR
  • Exam II
  • Sensors used in the Thermal infrared region
    • System characteristics of the sensors including key devices used
    • Design, calibration and performance issues
    • Latest technological advances in sensor development
  • Sensors used in the Microwave region
    • System characteristics of passive microwave sensors
    • System characteristics of active microwave sensors
    • Antenna design and radiation pattern
    • Design, calibration and performance issues with both active and passive sensors
    • Introduction to satellite and wireless communication
  • FINAL EXAM

Grading

Grading Method Percentage
Homework Assignments 25%
Exams (3 @25% each) 75%

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