GRS-20306 Remote Sensing


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JGPW Clevers
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JGPW Clevers
dr. H Bartholomeus
prof. dr. M Herold
dr. V De Sy
dr. ir. L Kooistra
dr. J Reiche
Examiner(s)dr. H Bartholomeus
dr. ir. JGPW Clevers

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Continuation courses:

GRS-32306 Advanced Earth Observation; GRS-60312 Remote Sensing and GIS Integration.


This course offers the basic theories in the field of remote sensing, starting from the information needs of various land applications. It is directed at providing a basic knowledge of remote sensing concepts and methods: recording techniques in the optical and microwave region, image construction, digital image analysis and pattern recognition, geometric and atmospheric correction procedures and the subsequent quality of images. Then image classification is dealt with. As a next step, the estimation of biophysical object properties is treated using both statistical and radiative transfer approaches. Special emphasis is on imaging spectroscopy. Subsequently, monitoring through time-series analysis is dealt with. Finally, new developments will be dealt with. Throughout the course attention is paid to the possibilities and limitations of remote sensing from airplanes and satellites as a source of information for the inventory, monitoring and policy making in the fields of agriculture, forestry, land use, agrohydrology, nature conservation and environmental issues. Handling remote sensing data yourself is central in the practical.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the basic remote sensing theories, concepts and methods taught in the course;
- analyse the use of remote sensing for various spatial problems;
- apply digital image processing techniques for spatial problems;
- explain the application possibilities of remote sensing for the inventory, monitoring and policy making in the fields of agriculture, forestry, land use, agrohydrology, nature conservation and environmental issues.


- acquiring basic knowledge of the main remote sensing theories, concepts and methods in a theoretical and practical way;
- performing exercises on theoretical aspects of remote sensing, after introductory lectures;
- working with real remote sensing image data;
- working with digital image processing techniques;
- working with a common image processing software tool.


The student's final mark will be based on:
- a closed book examination (75%). Students need to have a minimum grade of 5.0 for the exam;
- results of practical exercises (25%). Students need to submit answers to all exercises through FeedbackFruits.


Information guide available.
Recommended book: E. Chuvieco (2016). Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing, An Environmental Approach. Second Edition. CRC press. ISBN 978-1-4987-2805-8. (WUR-Shop)

Restricted Optional for: MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc2MO
MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc2MO, 5MO
Compulsory for: WUGISBSc Minor Geo-information for Environment and Society2MO, 5MO