Monday, December 2, 2013

Remote Sensing Student Spotlights

GIS4035 Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing, Mr. Brian Fulfrost

Module 8 Lab: Thermal & Multispectral Analysis 

For this laboratory exercise, students learned to combine layers of satellite data into single images using both ERDAS Imagine and ArcMap. They then examined the image, especially the thermal infrared band, and interpreted various features in it.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Interpret radiant energy using the Stefan Boltzmann constant
  • Create composite multispectral images in both ERDAS and ArcMap
  • Adjust image symbology and band combinations in ArcMap
  • Interpret thermal infrared data


The following students were chosen for their exception work on the Module 8 Lab: Thermal & Multispectral Analysis assignment:

What we like: Both Dave and Steven's maps demonstrate a high level of comprehension of thermal imagery. Their maps  highlight features that have different thermal intensities as well as "hot spots" of thermal activity that might be of very different land cover types. Both Dave and Steve's map are very visually compelling and demonstrate the possibilities of using thermal remote sensing in a range of land over analyses. Both maps also contain  an additional multi-band image and labels  (in both cases using the "visual" spectrum) that help to demonstrate how different land cover features might actually have similar thermal energy signatures. In addition, the map descriptions attached to both maps, provide clearly written background material to assist the reader with understanding the image processing and data utilized to produce the final map output

Dave Hunt

About Dave: Dave lives in Seattle and runs a small software services company.  He has been studying archaeology for the last few years, along with Maritime Studies. Dave is considering entering the graduate program at the University of Washington next year.  His main focus in learning GIS is to enhance his skill set for archaeology.

Steve Kieffer

About Steve: Steven is an undergrad in the anthropology/archaeology department with a minor in geography and of course, pursuing the undergrad GIS Cert Program. He is still new to archaeology, but is a forensic digger at heart. After a few years on the corporate ladder making big paychecks without enough time to spend it and see his family, Steven would prefer digging, cataloging, mapping, and being happy with much less. Welcome to the spotlight again, Steve!

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