In the Earth Observation module, you will acquire advanced knowledge on remote sensing methods with a focus on the optical domain. In the seminar, you will become familiar with theory, concepts and methods from environmental monitoring and the analysis of terrestrial ecosystems, with a specific focus on land cover and land use. You will conceptualize methodological frameworks that match the investigated process regimes, and implement these in the accompanying computer seminar.
In the computer seminar, you will perform digital image processing using R and other open source software packages. The research questions targeted here are jointly developed in the accompanying seminar. You will get exposed to ongoing research projects and learn to embed remote sensing approaches in applied scientific analyses. Case studies in the seminar focus on two main research areas in geography: agricultural landscapes, and forests. The different regional foci will align with the research projects conducted in the Geomatics Lab and could include, for example, Eastern Europe, or Latin America.
The overall seminar workload is 120 hours, with 25 hours face-time including a 20-minute student presentation. The computer seminar has an overall workload of 120 hours, with 25 hours face-time. Off-seminar workload averages ca. 4 hours per week for the computer seminar exercises. This module will finish with an online exam with a focus on technical/methodological and application related aspects within the broader framing of global change and optical remote sensing.