NIGK14046U Remote Sensing of the Bio-Geosphere ( Part 2)

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 Earth Observation (EO) based methods for global change studies of the bio-geosphere. Software based analysis tools will be tested and learned in a number of practical PC-based hands-on exercises and a research project will be conducted by the students.

Learning Outcome

The overall aim is to provide an understanding of relevant theories and methodologies for advanced global change studies of the bio-geosphere based on various state-of-the-art remote sensing systems. Approaches for advanced multi-year analysis of changes in space and time (linear change and/or abrupt change methods, changes in seasonality) with particular relevance for assessing the impact from climate change and anthropogenic influence will be presented and discussed during classes. Time series parameterisation (including TIMESAT for extracting seasonal parameters, BFAST (Breaks For Additive Season and Trend), PCA (Principal Component Analysis) will be tested and applied by the students to solve a selected research problem and presented through a research project conducted during the course.


  • read scientific literature related to the course subjects.
  • apply, evaluate and analyse methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • write a short, concise research project 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.