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ASCI 511 : Earth Observation and Remote Sensing

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
U.S. and International solar system exploration programs are reviewed and related to the current and proposed Earth-research projects. Examination of these research programs will be structured towards defining problems related to environmental changes and resource exploration. Formatted research data from Earth-resource satellites and EOS sources will be used for demonstrating specific research techniques, exploration methods, and economic and social elements of exploration.

This course will enable the student to evaluate the space exploration programs as a tool in researching the changes in our own planet. The important historical lessons in space exploration as well as social forces will be presented as a technique in solving complex problems. Data from remote sensing spacecraft will be used to direct large and small class project studies of the various environmental changes on the Earth.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the importance of U.S. and foreign space exploration programs relating to Earth Sensing research.

2. Evaluate the importance of space exploration technologies in solving the problems associated with the stewardship of a healthy planet.

3. Analyze the planned programs for researching the Earth's physical character and resources, and how the success of these programs will be measured.

4. Evaluate the importance of Earth resource remote sensing and the advantages and disadvantages of remote sensing technologies in accomplishing effective resource management and exploitation.

5. Identify and justify the global economic and social needs for resource exploration and management.

6. Analyze the impact of the Earth Observation System (EOS) and Mission to Planet Earth (MTPE) on research and exploration on the Earth and its space environment.

7. Evaluate the data collection, management and distribution methods available for current Earth observation projects and the evolving Earth Observation System Data Information System (EOSDIS).

8. Evaluate one or more of the Earth-observation project's results and its impact on environmental/resource program planning.

9. Evaluate the satellite design requirements and key trades conducted when developing a space-based remote sensing platform.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr Jonathan W. Campbell - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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