NIGK14045U Remote Sensing of the Bio-Geosphere ( Part 1)

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Agriculture


This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within advanced physical principles in Earth Observation (EO) of the global bio-geosphere. Software based analysis tools will be tested and learned in a number of practical PC-based hands-on exercises during the course.

Learning Outcome

The overall aim is to provide to the students an understanding of relevant theories and methodologies necessary to select appropriate analysis tools within the broad context of remote sensing of the bio-geosphere. The theoretical background for monitoring various components of the bio-geosphere will be discussed during classes and software based analysis tools will be tested in a number of practical exercises. The course includes an introduction to data gateway download, pre-processing and analysis of various state-of-the-art remote sensing systems. Focus will be on theory and methods of optical and thermal infrared remote sensing (physical principles, electromagnetic radiation, atmospheric correction, image processing techniques etc.) and applications hereof. Remote sensing applications cover remote sensing of the marine environment (lake and coastal monitoring, Sea surface temperature monitoring, ocean productivity), remote sensing of snow and ice (snow indices, monitoring of glacier/ocean ice), vegetation productivity (vegetation indices, plant water stress, net primary production) and remote sensing of the atmosphere (tropospheric trace gas concentrations). Time series parameterization, long term trend analysis based upon multi-year datasets are introduced as tools for analysing the impact from climate change and human influence.


  • 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.
  • write a short, concise report aimed at colleagues within the business world, public institutions or research institutions.


  • identify and work out proposal for solving complex 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
  • cooperate and work with people from other professions

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
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 aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcomes.