651-4269-00L  Specialisation in Remote Sensing: Spectroscopy of the Earth System (University of Zurich)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersUniversity lecturers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNo enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at UZH as an incoming student.
UZH Module Code: GEO442

Prerequisite: Remote Sensing Methods (UZH Module Code: GEO371)

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651-4269-00 VSpectroscopy of the Earth System (University of Zurich)
**Course at University of Zurich**
2 hrsUniversity lecturers
651-4269-00 USpectroscopy of the Earth System (University of Zurich)
**Course at University of Zurich**
2 hrsUniversity lecturers

Catalogue data

AbstractThe Spectroscopy of the Earth System course series outlines key contributions of imaging spectroscopy to advance understanding of the Earth System. Various Earth spheres (i.e. Atmosphere, Biosphere, Cryosphere, Hydrosphere, and Pedosphere) are addressed and spectroscopic approaches to quantify biogeophysical ecosystem properties and Earth surface processes are discussed.
ObjectiveThe aim of the module is to give students a thorough understanding of the concepts, principles and processing of imaging spectroscopy data applied to various spheres of the Earth system. Students will be able to carry out typical workflows in data acquisition, processing and product generation. They will be able to assess the quality of the product and understand the nature of the errors affecting the product. Students will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of ground-based, aerial and satellite spectrometry data. They will be able to derive solutions to given problems and will have an understanding of diverse Earth sphere applications and associated limitations of learned techniques.
ContentThe individual lectures inherently focus on fundamentals of radiation interaction with the atmosphere and the surface, as well as on aspects of data acquisition, quality assessment and pre-processing. A comprehensive set of methods to extract information and from imaging spectroscopy data is described (e.g. spectral feature analysis, spectral unmixing, radiative transfer modeling, reflectance and fluorescence retrieval, calculation of spectral albedo). The module is composed of the lecture GEO 442.1, outlying the underlying principles, and the exercise GEO442.2, conveying important methods and skills of data processing and analysis.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationAnmeldemodalitäten, Datum und Ort dieser Leistungskontrolle werden ausschliesslich von der UZH festgelegt.

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