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Microwave Remote Sensing Training Course Description
Microwave Remote Sensing Training of the land, sea and atmosphere. The Microwave Remote Sensing Training course will enhance the knowledge of both people working in the field and also provide a systems perspective for satellite engineers and instrument designers. Each topic will be illustrated using published data about current remote sensing instruments, focusing on practical working systems and issues. Passive remote sensing techniques will be emphasized. From this Microwave Remote Sensing Training course you will obtain the knowledge and ability to perform basic systems engineering calculations, evaluate tradeoffs and evaluate advanced systems.
• We can adapt this Microwave Remote Sensing Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
• If you are familiar with some aspects of this Microwave Remote Sensing Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
• We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Microwave Remote Sensing Training course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
• If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Microwave Remote Sensing Training course in manner understandable to lay audiences.
Microwave Remote Sensing Training – Course Content:
• Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing — The electromagnetic spectrum. Frequency allocations. Brief history and the u.c. scale.
• Review of Basic Concepts — Wave propagation, polarization, reflection, refraction and penetration, microwave dielectric properties of materials (water, ice, snow, rocks, soils,and vegetation).
• Antenna Fundamentals — Antenna properties, basic types, gain and sidelobes, electronic scanning.
• Introduction to Active Remote Sensing — History of radar remote sensing, basic radar operation, types of radars, the radar equation, radar applications.
• Principles of Imaging Radar — Altimeters, real-aperture imagers, synthetic-aperture imagers Interferometry and Polarimetry. Basic principles of each applications and satellite programs.
• Introduction to Microwave Radiometry — Radiometric quantities. Thermal emission. Brightness temperature and apparent temperature. Emissivity.
• Radiometric Receivers — System operation, types of receivers, sensitivity and calibration.
• Emission Models — Surfaces, atmospheric layers and scattering albedo.
• Microwave Interaction with Atmospheric Constituents — Physical properties of the atmosphere. Absorption, emission, and scattering. Emission spectrum.
• Passive Microwave Sensing of the Atmosphere — Temperature profiling, water-vapor profiling, total water measurements, cloud water measurements and limb-sounding.
• Oceanographic and Land Applications — Sea-surface temperature, sea-surface salinity, sea-surface wind speed and direction, soil-moisture mapping.
Dr. Scott Madry is president of Informatics International, Inc., an international consulting firm in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Madry has over 20 years experience in remote sensing and GIS applications and has conducted a variety of research and application projects in Europe, Africa, and North America. He has given over 130 short courses and seminars in over 25 countries. He is a Research Assoc. Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the Faculty of The International Space University.
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