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To understand the physical principles of optical remote sensing. To be able to describe the remote sensing process through physically-based reflectance modeling. To be able apply hyper- and multispectral data and global satellite-based products in environmental monitoring. To be familiar with upcoming trends in Earth observation.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.04.2024 - 06.06.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Miina Rautiainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course provides a deep insight to modern optical remote sensing and some of its applications in global monitoring of the environment and climate. The course covers hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing, physical modeling and global remote sensing methods.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments and exam. All students must be present in the first lecture.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and independent study 52 h, assignments and seminar presentation 75 h, exam 6 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the courses via Sisu (