23 to 27 April 2007, University of Leicester (UK)


Remote sensing offers key tools for earth and environment observation as well as assessments of effects caused by climate change or global change processes related to urbanisation, migrations, or land-use change. It is needed in all environmental disciplines.

Remote sensing is a methodology for data collection, analysis and the parameterization of environmental models. Note that remote sensing is much more than just collecting and analysing satellite data. It requires profound interdisciplinary knowledge to be able to interpret the data received and make it operational, e.g. for the use in Geographical Information Systems.

The present course addresses remote sensing in relation to processes and models of the land surface. This area requires different methodological approaches and will be beneficial to different applications and PhD theses.

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Course Material

Below you can find the presentations (pdf-files) given at the METIER Training Course "Remote Sensing of the Land Surface" (Leicester , 23-27 April 2007).

Remote Sensing of Fire
   Fire in Earth Systems (Lecture; Balzter)
   Practical (Balzter)
   Literature (Balzter)

Global Land Cover Mapping
   Conceptual and historical background (Bartalev)
   Land cover classification systems (Bartalev)
   Land cover change mapping in boreal regions (Bartalev)

Land Surface Processes
   Land surface processes and land use change (Comber)

Estimating Biophysical Vegetation Properties from Space
   Biophysical property retrieval (Barnsley)
   Canopy reflectance model inversion (Barnsley)
   From terra and aqua MODIS to PROBA/CHRIS (Barnsley)

3D Vegetation Structure
   Remote sensing of the vegetation structure (Balzter)
   Practical (Balzter)
   Literature (Balzter)