Announcing a new course in Geology and Geophysics:

Satellite Imagery and Geodesy




Sketch of measuring volcanic activity by satellite radar interferometry
[Image courtesy of Tim Masterlark, UW-Madison Ph.D. almunus]


Kurt Feigl
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Geophysics

Joe Kington <jkington@wisc.edu>
Teaching Assistant
Department of Geology and Geophysics


Description of Course

Capsule statement of course

Quantitative and geometric fundamentals of satellite systems for earth observation. Orbits. Interaction of electromagnetic waves with Earth's surface and atmosphere. Geophysical applications. Coordinate systems Datums. Cartographic projections.Assessing uncertainty. Geocoding satellite images. Integrating data with Geographic Information Systems.  Existing and Emerging technologies.  

Prerequisites

LEVEL OF COURSE: ADVANCED

CROSSLISTING DEPARTMENTS (proposed)

CREDITS:   

Number:  three (3)
(2 hours of lecture + 1 hour discussion per week) x (15 weeks) = 45 hours of instruction

EXPANDED COURSE DESCRIPTION

See list of lectures.

NEED FOR THIS COURSE

Many disciplines studying the Earth, its environment and anthropogenic impact on them involve data acquired by satellite. If students are to apply these techniques (or supervise others to do so) in tomorrow’s world, they should understand the basic technical underpinnings.

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER UW-MADISON COURSES

The proposed new course is complementary to, but distinct from, the following other courses:


The proposed course has significant overlap with the following courses, which I understand are not likely to be taught again soon :
In summary, the proposed course will not overlap signifcantly with any courses currently planned for inclusion in the catalog for 2008-2012.

WILL THIS COURSE MEET A REQUIREMENT FOR THE MAJOR IN YOUR DEPARTMENT OR ANOTHER DEPARTMENT?

YES, This course would count towards the 34 credits of course work in Geology and Geophysics required for the major. It would also count toward the requirement of 12-15 credits of upper-level course work.

In addition, this course meets with:
Please contact the Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Geological Engineering and/or the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies for more information on meeting their requirements.
 

Syllabus

Learning Objectives

How will students be evaluated?

Schedule

Textbook

 


Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 5th Edition

Thomas M. Lillesand, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ralph W. Kiefer, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Jonathan W. Chipman, University of Wisconsin - Madison
ISBN: 978-0-471-15227-9
©2004
784 pages, Wiley, New York.
Hardcover, $125.00 new; $75 used
http://www.wiley.com/

Topics

Please do the reading assignment before the lecture for which it is listed.

Concepts and Foundations of Remote Sensing

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Labs 1 and 2


Photographic Systems & Photogrammetry

Lecture 4: Elements of Photographic Systems

Lecture 5: Basic Principles of Photogrammetry - I

Lecture 6: Basic Principles of Photogrammetry - II

Labs 3, 4, and 5

Weeks 4 & 5: Basic Principles of Satellite Geodesy

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

Lecture 9

Lecture 10

Weeks 6 & 7: Visual Image Interpretation


Lecture 11

Lecture 12

Lecture 13

Lecture 14


Lab 6

Lab 7 

MIDTERM EXAM

Take-home
Worth 20 percent of final grade
Solo work
Open book, open notes, open internet
Availailable at Learn@UW (with email reminder) beginning Tuesday 2007-OCT-16
No lab session on Tuesday 2007-OCT-16 or Thursday 2007-OCT-18
No office hours on Thursday 2007-OCT-16
Specific questions regarding exam by email only to feigl@wisc.edu.
Due in Professor Feigl's Mailbox (2nd floor Weeks Hall) by NOON WEDNESDAY 2007-OCT-17
Late penalty: 20 percent per business day or fraction therof

Weeks 8 & 9: Digital Image Processing

Lecture 15

Lecture 16

Lecture 17

Lecture 18

Labs 8, 9 and 10

Weeks 10 & 11: Radar

Weeks 12 & 13. Applications not covered as examples above

Tuesday 2007-NOV-20

Thursday 2007-NOV-22

Labs 11 and 13

Week 14. Multispectral, Thermal, and Hyperspectral Sensing 

Labs 14 and 15

FINAL EXAM

* Readings on Learn@UW and/or Library Reserve


HOW TO REGISTER


If you are an undergraduate student, please make sure you have the prerequesites, obtain the consent of the instructor, and then register for:

School/College: COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE 
Department:     (420) GEOLOGY & GEOPHYSICS 
Course:         (376) Topics in Geology 

Session: ( A1) 15 WEEK SESSION TUE SEP 4 - FRI DEC 14
Lecture         LEC 2  

Topic: Satellite Imagery & Geodesy

Section        LEC 2 and DIS 301, DIS 302, DIS 303 or DIS 304 
Class Number    42575, or
42576, or
42577, or
42578, depending on the discussion section

Note: Meets with Geol 875-003, GLE 401, and Env. St. 401

Entry in Official UW Time Table

Picture of the Timetable entry

PDF file of the Timetable entry 

If you are a graduate student, please register for:

School/College:  COLLEGE OF LETTERS AND SCIENCE 
Department:      (420) GEOLOGY & GEOPHYSICS 
Course:          (875) Topics in Geology 
Session:         ( A1) 15 WEEK SESSION TUE SEP 4 - FRI DEC 14

Lecture        SEM 3

Topic: Satellite Imagery & Geodesy

Section        SEM 3 and DIS 301, DIS 302, DIS 303 or DIS 304
Class Number     42581, or
42582, or
42583, or
42584, depending on the discussion section

Note: Meets with Geol 376-002

Entry in Official UW Time Table   

Software

Matlab

All registered students will have access to the complete Matlab suite licensed by
the Computer Aided Engineering facility

Student Version

Mathworks MATLAB 7 Student Version R14 with Service Pack 3 (Student Sales Only) for Mac/Linux/Win CD. License Valid as long as the Student is a registered Student in a Degree-Granting Institution. http://techstore.doit.wisc.edu/product.asp?login=P&itemnum=C44072

Scripts

TBD

Google Earth Plus

Intended for personal use, Google Earth Plus is an optional, upgraded version of Google Earth available for $20. Why buy it? In addition to the basic features, Google Earth Plus includes:
To purchase Google Earth Plus, download Google Earth at http://earth.google.com/earth.html . Then run Google Earth and select "upgrade" from the "help" menu.

Excel or equivalent

For manipulating data tables in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) format.

ARC GIS (optional)

Student license $100  http://www.lic.wisc.edu/esri/StudentAV9.htm

Computer Hardware

Computer

Will be required for homework. All registered students will have access to the computer laboratories operated by
the Computer Aided Engineering facility

Data Sets

UW - Madison Campus

KMZ file for Google Earth

Data Files
 

Driving from Berkeley campus to the SFO airport

KML file for Google Earth