EAS 6145
Remote sensing of the atmosphere and oceans

Instructor:
Professor Irina N. Sokolik
office 3104, ph.404-894-6180
email: isokolik@eas.gatech.edu

Location and meeting time:
Monday/Wednsday 3:05-4:25 PM
ES&T L1175

Class TA: Xin Xi (xin.xi@eas.gatech.edu)
Contact Xin to get a copy of required reading materials.

Course Syllabus
Supplement Materials

Class Research Project Class paper due: May 1

Jan. 19 Lecture 1. The nature of electromagnetic radiation. Introductory survey of satellite sensor characteristics.
Jan. 24 Lecture 2. Polarization. Main radiation laws. Blackbody emission. Brightness temperature.
Emission from ocean and land surfaces.
Jan. 26 Lab 1. Passive microwave remote sensing of sea-ice.
Jan. 31 Lecture 3. Composition and structure of the atmosphere.
Absorption and emission by atmospheric gases.
Feb. 2 Lab 2. Spectral absorption of atmospheric gases and the transmission function.
Feb. 7 Lecture 4. Beer-Bouger- Lambert law.
Molecular (Rayleigh) scattering.
Scattering and absorption by aerosol and cloud particles: Mie theory.
Feb. 9 Lab 3. Modeling of particle optical characteristics with Mie theory.
Remote sensing based on direct solar radiation. AERONET.
Feb. 14 Lecture 5. Multiple scattering as a source of radiation.
Reflectance from surfaces. Remote sensing of ocean color.
Feb. 16 Lab 4. Working with NASA satellite data
Feb. 21 Lecture 6. Applications of passive remote sensing using extinction and scattering:
remote sensing of aerosols in the visible and near-IR.
Feb. 23 Lab 5. Analysis of MODIS and MISR aerosol products
Feb. 28 Lecture 7. Review.
Mar. 2   Mid-term Exam
Mar. 7 Lecture 8. Principles of passive remote sensing using emission and applications:
Remote sensing of atmospheric path-integrated quantities (cloud liquid water content and precipitable water vapor).
Mar. 9 Lab 6. Passive microwave remote sensing:
retrievals of total precipitable water and cloud liquid water
Mar. 16 Lecture 9. Applications of passive remote sensing using emission:
Remote sensing of SST.
Principles of sounding by emission and applications (temperature and atmospheric gases).
Mar. 21-25 SPRING BREAK
Mar. 28 Lab 7. Sounding of atmospheric temperature.
Mar. 30 Lecture 10. Applications of passive remote sensing:
Remote sensing of precipitation and clouds.
Apr. 4 Lecture 11. Applications of passive remote sensing:
Remote sensing of clouds.
Apr. 6 Lab 8. Passive remote sensing of clouds.
Apr. 11 Lecture 12. Principles of active remote sensing: Radar.
Radar sensing of clouds and precipitation.
Apr. 13 Lab 9. Radar remote sensing of precipitation.
Apr. 18 Lecture 13. Principles of active remote sensing: Lidars.
Lidar sensing of gases, aerosols, and clouds.
Apr. 20 Lab 10. Lidar remote sensing. Slides
Apr. 25 Lecture 15. Course review.
Review for Exam 2.
Apr. 27   Exam

Supplement Materials