Monday, October 14, 2013

Remote Sensing Student Spotlight

GIS4035 Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing, Mr. Brian Fulfrost

Intro to Erdas Imagine & Digital Data 1

In this week’s lab, students learned some calculations of electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Students also learned some basic tools of ERDAS Imagine 2011, including how to use and navigate around the Viewer with two different types of satellite images (AVHRR and Landsat TM). The map created in this week’s lab assignment was a subset of an image that was preprocessed in ERDAS Imagine.  

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Calculate wavelength, frequency, and energy of EMR 
  • Locate about and use basic tools in ERDAS Imagine 
  • Learn about and use the Viewer to view data in ERDAS Imagine 
  • Subset data in ERDAS Imagine as a preprocessing step for making a map (in ArcGIS)


The following students were chosen for their exception work on the Intro to ERDAS Imagine and Digital Data 1 assignment:

Nick Toscano 

About Nick: Nick lives in Virginia and is excited to be a part of this program. He feels that all information is connects and that GIS will help him better understand and make decisions about this information. Nick is a big advocate of Virginia's wine country, and seeks to educate other about this region through various GIS applications. Welcome to the Spotlight, Nick!

What we like: Best overall attempt at displaying classification(s), acreage, and other layers (topo, photo, inset map). Nick thought "out of the box" by creating a map that provides not only context but also provides the viewer the ability to evaluate the classification results using aerial photography and topography. Although the maps are not perfect, his BLOG posting this week demonstrates the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the course.

Jessica Williams 

About Jessica: Jessica started working in GIS in 2008. She decided to go after her certification in hope of becoming a GIS specialist. Jessica loves to play softball, but she is actually taking the year off to pursue her GIS Certification. She recently started running 5K races with a group of co-workers. They call themselves Team Nerdy Birds, because they are all a little nerdy and birds are pretty. Her family takes up all of her other free time. Welcome to the Spotlight!

What we like: Jessica did a good job in presenting her map. The layout is neatly deigned, and her subset is of a good size: zoomed far enough in where the image does not become too pixelated and unidentifiable and is a unique area on the map. Laurie also did a good job including a good reference inset map that gives context to this areas location.

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