Remote Sensing Certificate

Certificate in Remote Sensing

Remote sensing (satellite and ground-based) is increasingly being used as a technique to probe the Earth's atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces. Probing of other planets is accomplished largely by satellite remote sensing. Given national priorities in such areas as climate and global change, the interest in remote sensing will only increase with time.

Remote sensing is a relatively new academic subject, with few universities having any sort of an organized curriculum. The purpose of formalizing the CU remote sensing curriculum is to coordinate curricula across campus so that a coherent curriculum in remote sensing can be provided to complement and supplement the students' regular degree program. An additional purpose is to encourage multi-disciplinary education of the students in the area of remote sensing.

Graduate students, research staff, and faculty work on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the theory of remote sensing, to its application. These applications include: use of satellite remote sensing to determine ocean surface temperature and heat fluxes; use of surface radar to improve the determination of clouds and precipitation from satellite; determination of surface biological characteristics and productivity from satellite; mapping of land use from satellite; mapping of surface landform and topographical features; searching for locations of buried artifacts; use of surface radar to determine upper atmosphere wind motions; and aircraft remote sensing to assess the validity of satellite retrieval algorithms of surface and atmospheric characteristics.

A Certificate in Remote Sensing will be awarded based on a written request by the student to the Remote Sensing Graduate Chairman, provided that the following requirements have been met:

All students must take at least three Remote Sensing courses from the list below (passed with grade B or better) and complete at least one semester of the Remote Sensing Seminar, ATOC 7500 or ASEN 5210. This class is offered once each year. Most remote sensing courses are offered once each year.

The Remote Sensing graduate courses are:

ATOC 7500/ASEN 5210: Remote Sensing Seminar (*required)

ASEN/ATOC 5235: Radiative Transfer of the Earth’s Atmosphere

ASEN 5337: Remote Sensing Data Analysis

ASEN 5168: Remote Sensing Instrumentation

ASEN 5245/ECEN 5254: Radar and Remote Sensing

ECEN 5274: Radar Science and Techniques

GEOL/GEOG 5093: Remote Sensing of the Environment

GEOL5440/GEOG 6443-2: Remote Sensing Field Methods

GEOL 6340: Remote Sensing of Planetary Surfaces

Letters to the Remote Sensing Graduate Committee should be sent to:

University of Colorado
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Graduate Advisor/RSS certificate committee
429 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0429

*Upon completion of your courses, complete the certificate request form.