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Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Modules, Prof. Truett: MC NASA Module 1

Module 1

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NASA Module 1 Introduction

Earth Observation And Remote Sensing using NASA Satellite Data; Earth Systems Laboratory Training Modules.
Professor Amanda Truett, Ph.D., Biology Department, TP/SS

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD 2010) conducts scientific exploration enabled by the use of space observatories and probes that view the Earth from space. From this vantage, NASA satellites can view the Earth as a planet and enable its study as a complex, dynamic system with diverse components: the atmosphere, oceans, continents, ice sheets, and life itself. NASA SMD strives to introduce students to NASA remote sensing technology to illuminate the societal impacts of Earth processes including climate change.

These Earth observation and remote sensing learning modules are designed to introduce Montgomery College students to NASA satellite technology and how satellite monitoring is currently used in environmental applications.They should be taken in sequence as the content builds from
one to the next.

Modules include a brief overview of some of the foundations essential to understanding remote sensing products and their application for atmosphere, land, and ocean monitoring techniques. They are intended to provide background information and user-friendly interactive exercises guiding students through NASA resources and links for viewing archived images and creating new images of Earth’s environment. They are also intended as a pathway for those who may consider further exploring the use of remote sensing technology in their careers.

Each module will consist of a slide presentation and specific web links to successfully complete the interactive assignments and activities. Each completed module assignment should be thoroughly reviewed prior to beginning the next module.

Module 1 is an introduction to how to join this exploration by way of understanding where and how the data are found.  You will experience a few of the many possibilities as well as limitations of this technology, and gain a broader insight to the roll NASA plays in our daily lives. You will also be allowed to explore how to use NASA technologies in your academic coursework as well as in your eventual careers.

Module 1: Introduction to NASA’s remote sensing resources.
1. Power Point 1: Earth Observation and Remote Sensing using NASA Satellite Data Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing and Sensors

  • Benefits and Disadvantages of remote sensing
  • Electromagnetic Energy
  • Active and Passive sensors, Imagers, Sounders, and Radiometers
  • Orbits, and how they relate to spatial, and temporal overage
  • Satellites, Instruments, and Resolutions
  • Remote sensing of environmental quality, Atmosphere
  • AERONET
  • Overview of NASA resources for environmental quality applications
  • Web Tour: NASA Satellite/Product Links (See NASA Resources Links under Module 1 Links)

2. Assignment 1 – NASA Resources (~2hours)

3. Module Student Evaluation (please use the link provided).

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