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Photogeology and Remote Sensing

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2 hours 40 minutes

(average of 20 minutes per Subtopic)

Describes the physical principles of the major remote sensing techniques, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each during application. Discusses aerial photographs, Landsat images, SPOT images, and thermal infrared and radar techniques. Includes a glossary of remote sensing terms, and interpretation projects for each technique which relate remote surveys to other geological data.

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Total Number of Subtopics: 8
  • expand/collapse Remote Sensing Fundamentals
    • Introduction
    • Electromagnetic Energy and Electromagnetic Spectrum
    • Interaction Mechanisms
    • Image Characteristics
    • Types of Remote Sensing Systems
  • expand/collapse Aerial Photographs from Aircraft and Satellites
    • Introduction
    • Characteristics
    • Photomosaics
    • Stereo Pairs and Photogeology Interpretation Example: Wyoming, USA
    • Low Sun-Angle Photographs
    • Normal and IR Color Photographs
    • High-Altitude Photographs and Photographs from Space
  • expand/collapse Landsat Satellite Images
    • Introduction
    • Satellite Orbit Patterns
    • Image Index System
    • Landsat Satellites
    • Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS)
    • Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) and Operational Land Imager (OLI)
    • Landsat TM Image Geologic Interpretation Example: Wyoming, USA
    • Landsat TM Image Geologic Interpretation Example: Irian Jaya, Indonesia
    • Image Processing
    • Additional Examples of Landsat Geologic Interpretation Projects
  • expand/collapse Other Earth Resource Satellite Images: SPOT, JERS-1, IRS, and RESURS (Resource)
    • Introduction
    • SPOT Satellite (France)
    • SPOT Image Geologic Interpretation Example: Algeria 
    • SPOT Stereo Images
    • SPOT Stereo Pair Geologic Interpretation Example: Wyoming, USA 
    • Comparison of SPOT and Landsat Images
    • JERS-1 Satellite (Japan)
    • IRS Satellites (India)
    • RESURS (Resource) Satellites (Russia)
  • expand/collapse Thermal Infrared Images
    • Introduction
    • Thermal Properties and Processes
    • Thermal IR Image Geologic Interpretation Examples
    • Landsat Thermal IR Images
    • Other Thermal IR Systems
  • expand/collapse Radar Images
    • Introduction
    • Aircraft Radar Systems
    • Stereo Pair Radar Images
    • Radar Image Characteristics: Look direction
    • Radar Image Characteristics: Highlights and Shadows
    • Radar Image Characteristics: Image Foreshortening (Layover)
    • Radar Image Characteristics: Dielectric Properties and Backscatter Coefficient
    • Radar Image Characteristics: Surface Roughness
    • Radar Image Characteristics: Polarization and Interferometry
    • Satellite and Spacecraft Radar Systems
    • Radar Interaction in Forested and Vegetated Terrain
    • Radar Geologic Interpretation Example of Tropical Terrain: Irian Jaya, Indonesia
    • Radar Geologic Interpretation Example of Desert Terrain: Eastern Sahara, Sudan
  • expand/collapse Remote Sensing Applied To Petroleum Geology
    • Introduction
    • Swamp Terrain in Equatorial Africa Exploration Project
    • Papua New Guinea Exploration Project
    • Central Arabian Arch Exploration Project
    • Summary
  • expand/collapse References and Additional Information: Photogeology and Remote Sensing
    • References
    • Remote Sensing Internet Resources
    • Sources of Remote Sensing Imagery
    • Glossary
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