NGEK10009U Remote Sensing of the Bio-Geosphere (1+2)

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Geology and Geosciences

This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field Remote sensing of the bio-geosphere

Learning Outcome

Advanced physical principles in optical and thermal remote sensing, reflectance and emissions. Remote sensing sensors and platforms, data and data formats, data processing and modelling. Hyperspectral remote sensing. Vegetation parameters (vegetation indices, net primary production). Trend analysis and land change modelling. Global trend studies. Data quality and uncertainties. Remote sensing applications in hydrology (soil moisture, evapotranspiration, flooding). Remote Sensing of fires. Remote sensing of Snow and Ice. Remote Sensing software.


  • read scientific literature related to the course subjects.
  • apply, evaluate and analyse methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • use correct scientific definitions and terms.
  • give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • write a short, concise report aimed at colleagues within the business world, public institutions or research institutions.


identify and work out proposal for solving comlex geographical problems using theory, data and methods

conduct and carry out large scale field work, data collection and subsequent analyses

access own professional geographical skills in relation to other subjects

cooporate and work with people from other professions

Please see Absalon course page
BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work.
Students from Geology and Geography can choose to follow block 1 only by signing up for the course "Remote Sensing of the Bio-Geosphere (1)" instead and get 7.5 ECTS-point. In this case the examination form is the lecturer's approval of an assignment.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 272
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Theory exercises
  • 70
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

All students must hand in a written assignment after block 1. The assignment must be approved by the teacher. Students must have an approved block 1 assignment to continue with the course and participate in the block 2 exam.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcomes