Semester on Current Issues

Satellites to Drones: Monitoring Changing Environments

This course explores the many ways the "Geospatial Revolution" enabled by imagery from satellites, airplanes, and more recently drones, allows us to better manage our environment and natural resources. These technologies give us an unparalleled ability to identify natural and anthropogenic impacts, plan our land use to avoid such impacts, and monitor our changing world. In this course, we will: discuss how imagery is being used to solve environmental problems, experience imaging data applied to actual environmental issues, and learn about the imaging sensors used to acquire these data. We will explore imagery from satellites such as NASA's Landsat, high-resolution commercial sensors (as seen in Google Earth), aircraft-based imaging and lidar sensors, and multiple types of drones. This will include participation in a drone flight exercise, weather permitting. We will explore the future of the Geospatial Revolution in light of new and emerging imaging technologies. 


Class standing:

  • Junior
  • Senior
Course ID
ESPM 3000
Semester Offered
Course Frequency
every year