NIGK17012U Remote Sensing in Land Science Studies
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject
Mapping Land-Use Land-Cover Change (LULCC) with satellite remote sensing provides a reference for understanding the trajectories, patterns, drivers, and consequences of land-cover change. During the course, we will take a look at the advancement of classification and change detection techniques to map LULCC and land-use intensity. The course will cover state-of-the-art non-parametric machine learning classification methods (e.g., SVM, Random Forests, hybrid classifications, deep learning), enhancement of classifications, accuracy assessment, and multisource image fusion techniques, and analysis of large data composites, including cloud computation environment, such as GoogleEarth Engine. We will primarily concentrate on the utilization of freely available datasets: optical, such as Landsat, Sentinel-2 and MODIS imagery, and radar Sentinel-1. We will also revisit the utility of microsatellites, such as Planetscope. Last but not least, we will cover socio-economic and environmental applications, such as mapping wildfires, floodings, land-cover change, but also socio-economic footprint, i.e., with night-time lights (VIIRS and DMSP OLS).
The course builds on prior knowledge of working with satellite imagery, such as passing via Bachelor level class-Introduction to Remote Sensing, Classification of Spatial Data. However, we will try to accommodate the students without prior experience in remote sensing. The course also complements the class on Remote Sensing of the Biogeosphere. The course will be particularly useful for students who envision interdisciplinary use of satellite remote sensing in the Biogeosphere and Anthroposphere studies (human dimensions of land-cover change).
We will concentrate on the application of remote sensing to study land-cover transformation, such as urban sprawl and decline, agricultural and forestry dynamics. However, students are more than welcome to bring their own research projects, as well as to suggest alternate topics in line with their own interests. Students are also highly encouraged to incorporate knowledge gained via other classes and to perform interdisciplinary projects.
- Sources of data, currently operating non-commercial and commercial platforms and their applications in Land System Science and LULCC studies,
- Theoretical background behind advanced classification and change detection algorithms associated with relevant up-to-date scientific literature,
- Strategies for collection of training data for classification methods
- Approaches in data fusion from multisource satellite constellations, and construction of large satellite imagery composites,
- State-of-the-art accuracy assessment reports,
- Aspects of spatially explicit modeling with produced land change maps.
- Able to download, pre-process, fuse satellite imagery from different sources (e.g., optical, radar).
- Able to select, parameterize and evaluate classification methods -focus on the use of non-commercial software R and GoogleEarth Engine,
- Able to select and enhance classifications with ancillary data (e.g, texture, phenology metrics, topography, etc).
- Able to map subtle changes with time-series analysis of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-like data (e.g., with Landtrendr, BFAST methods)
- Perform interdisciplinary research with the aid of satellite data via lectures, readings of up-to-date publications, via labs and by performing a course project
Advanced skills in application of satellite remote sensing in Land System Science.
Please see Absalon course page.
The course builds on prior knowledge of working with satellite imagery, such as passing via Bachelor level classes such as Introduction to Remote Sensing, Classification of Spatial Data. However, we will try to accommodate the students without prior experience in remote sensing. If you do not take earlier remote sensing class (es) please contact first the instructor prior the enrolling in the class.
- Theory exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, Ongoing preparation throughout the courseOral examination, 20 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- 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. There is no preparation for the oral exam. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Identical to ordinary exam.
The student has the following options:
Is the quality of the written assignment not acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a new or revised report.
Is the quality of the written assignment acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a revised report or resubmit the original report from the ordinary exam.
The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcomes.
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree Master
- 1 block
- Block 3
- Course capacity
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Geosciences and Management
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
- Alexander Prishchepov (4-65707476446d6b72326f7932686f)