Image processing and analysis is one of the fundamental tools of applied remote sensing.

It is the means by which information can be extracted from raw digital data to produce and manipulate images from airborne and space sensors.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify a wide-range of image processing techniques,
  • Explain the purpose of each process and the underlying mathematical principles,
  • Select appropriate image processing sequences to achieve predetermined objectives,
  • Operate and manage an image processing system,
  • Integrate image processing techniques into applications of remote sensing.

Core content

  • The remote sensing process: data management and planning,
  • Physics of light: principles of recording the image, plant, soil and water spectral properties in the optical wavelengths, influence of plant structure, moisture content, phenology and growth cycle on reflectance patterns, effect of organic matter, mineral content, texture and moisture content on soil reflectance,
  • Satellite image processing: Digital image enhancement and classification, indices,
  • Geometric correction: map projections, selection of ground control points, transform equations, resampling methods (nearest neighbour, bilinear interpolation, cubic convolution, sinc x),
  • Image enhancement: contrast stretching (linear, bilinear, gaussian, histogram equalisation and manual), digital filtering in the spatial domain (low-pass, high-pass, high-boost, median and directional),
  • Classification: density slice, box classification, maximum likelihood and minimum distance algorithms. Supervised and unsupervised training techniques. Spectral coincident plots and decision tree classification,
  • Advanced image processing techniques: principal component analysis and formation of eigen images. Band arithmetic. Masking. De-correlation stretch,
  • Current classification methods.

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.


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)

£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount

£1,280 - Multiple bookings*

*Minimum of 5 delegates

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.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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