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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

  • Four courses are required totaling at least 12 credit hours. 
    • Two courses from one of the following topical areas (6 credit hours).
      • Data Analysis 
      • Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques 
      • Remote Sensing Theory 
    • One course in each of the two remaining topical areas (6 credit hours).

See the Graduate Handbook for a complete list of requirements.


Awarding a Completed Certificate

  • Completed your certificate? Congratulations! Please fill out the Certificate Award Request Form.
    • This form is for both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students.
    • A grade of B or higher is required in all courses to earn a certificate.
    • If you are also pursuing other graduate certificates, you cannot use the same courses to count for both certificates.

Informational resources


Aerospace Engineering Sciences Graduate Program Advisor Maureen Craig.