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GEOG 589 - Emerging Trends in Remote Sensing

This is a sample syllabus.

This sample syllabus is a representative example of the information and materials included in this course. Information about course assignments, materials, and dates listed here is subject to change at any time. Definitive course details and materials will be available in the official course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


GEOG 589 is a graduate seminar focusing on the geospatial technologies and tools to exploit remote sensing data. Topics change based on emerging trends in the profession as well as interests expressed by students in the program.


Students who excel in this course are able to:

  • identify and describe the connections between core remote sensing theories and the design and operating specifications for a wide variety of civilian/commercial remote sensing systems
  • evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of these civilian/commercial remote sensing systems and methods of analysis for geospatial problem-solving at a variety of scales
  • perform image analysis and data fusion tasks using data from these remote sensing systems for geospatial applications using commercial remote sensing software
  • share research findings and present analysis results to other students and instructors using online tools, such as discussion forums, asynchronous presentation tools, and written reports
  • apply emerging trends in remote sensing to real-world scenarios in a variety of application domains

Required Materials

Typically, there are no required materials for this course. If this changes, students will find a definitive list in the course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


GEOG 480: Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications, GEOG 481: Topographic Mapping with Lidar, and GEOG 883: Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications


We have worked hard to make this the most effective and convenient educational experience possible. How much and how well you learn is dependent on your attitude, diligence, and willingness to ask for clarifications or help when you need them. We are here to help you succeed. Please keep up with the class schedule and take advantage of opportunities to communicate with us and with your fellow students. You can expect to spend an average of 12 – 15 hours per week on class work. GEOG 589 will also require attending one webinar presentation each week using Zoom. Sessions will be recorded for those who can not attend live.

Major Assignments

This course will rely on a variety of methods to assess and evaluate student learning, including:

  • Webinar attendance and discussion participation (55%)
  • Discussion Forums (17%)
  • StoryMap Assignments (16%)
  • Imagery notebooks, planet scope assignment, survey, and software installation (12%)

Course Schedule

Course Schedule
1Orientation and Getting StartedSeminar participation
2ArcGIS Imagery Notebooks
  • Personal Intro - StoryMap
  • Imagery Notebooks 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Seminar participation
3ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online - Introduction
  • ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online: StoryMap Preliminary
  • Seminar participation
4ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online - Advanced
  • ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online: StoryMap Final
  • Seminar participation
5Google Earth Engine I
  • Lesson 5 Exercise 1 Graded Discussion
  • Lesson 5 Exercise 2 Graded Discussion
  • Lesson 5 Exercise 3 Graded Discussion
  • Seminar participation
6Google Earth Engine II
  • Lesson 6 Exercise 1 Graded Discussion
  • Lesson 6 Exercise 2 Graded Discussion
7Applications of Multi-Dimensional Rasters in ArcGIS Pro
  • Seminar participation
8Geiger Mode Lidar: Concepts and Applications
  • Seminar participation
  • PlanetScope Exercise
  • Seminar participation