The appropriate application of remote sensing to the monitoring of earth resources requires an understanding of basic physics and imaging technology. Read more Read less

This subject introduces the basic radiometric concepts and physical relations required for remotely sensed data to be analysed quantitatively.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 03 - 07 Dec 2018
  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400

What you will learn

On successful completion delegates should be able to:

  • List the primary physical quantities that are directly related to measured radiance
  • Define the basic radiation quantities
  • Explain the nature of surface and atmospheric interactions with electromagnetic radiation
  • List the major types of detectors and describe how satellite images are formed
  • Describe the complete remote sensing process from data reception to information extraction
  • Apply calibration and atmospheric correction methods to image data
  • Explain the physical relations underlying the retrieval of satellite measured reflectance, temperature and backscattering coefficients.

Core content

  • Introduction to the physical principles remote sensing
  • Electromagnetic radiation: radiometric units and terms, radiation laws, radiation sources optical, thermal and microwave
  • Surface interactions
  • Plant, soil and water spectral properties
  • Atmospheric interactions and correction
  • Image formation: passive systems (detectors, opto-mechanical line scanners, waveband separation, linear and area arrays) and active systems (Lidar, RAR and SAR concepts)
  • Spatial resolution and geometry
  • Orbits and platforms
  • Review of satellite and airborne systems
  • Data reception: data transfer rates, telemetry, ground segment
  • Data distribution: data suppliers, product levels, internet
  • Calibration: DN to radiance, irradiance standards, calibration methods
  • Interpretation of spectral response patterns
  • Derivation of soil and vegetation indices: ratios, normalised differences, PVI, SBI, tunnelled cap concept. Applications of vegetation indices.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.


Dr Toby Waine

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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