EAS 6145
Remote sensing of the atmosphere and oceans

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

Location and meeting time:
Monday/Wednsday 4:35-5:55 PM
ES&T L1175

Class TA: Cindy Young (cindy.young@eas.gatech.edu)
Contact Cindy to get a copy of required reading materials.

Course Syllabus
Class Schedule

Class Research Project Class paper due: before April 26

Jan. 7 Lecture 1. Class logistic.
Introductory survey of satellite sensor characteristics
Jan. 9 Lecture 2. Basics of electromagnetic radiation
Jan. 14 Lecture 3. Properties of electromagnetic radiation. Polarization. Stokes’ parameters.
Main radiation laws. Brightness temperature.
Emission from ocean and land surfaces
Jan. 16 Lab 1. Passive microwave remote sensing of sea-ice
Jan. 23 Lab 2. Introduction to NASA satellite data products
Jan. 28 Lecture 4. Composition and structure of the atmosphere.
Absorption and emission by atmospheric gases.
Jan. 30 Lab 3. Spectral absorption by atmospheric gases
Feb. 5 Lecture 5. Molecular (Rayleigh) scattering.
Scattering and absorption by aerosol and cloud particles: Mie theory.
Feb. 6 Lab 4. Modeling of optical characteristics with Mie theory.
Remote sensing based on direct solar radiation. AERONET.
Feb. 11 Lecture 6. Multiple scattering as a source of radiation.
Reflectance from surfaces. Remote sensing of ocean color.
Feb. 13 Lab 5. Working with NASA satellite data.
Feb. 18 Lecture 7. Applications of passive remote sensing using extinction and scattering:
Remote sensing of aerosols in the solar spectrum
Feb. 20 Lab 6. Passive remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols
Feb. 25 Lecture 8. Review for Mid-term Exam 1
Review slides
Feb. 27   Mid-term Exam 1
Mar. 4 Lecture 9. Principles of passive remote sensing using emission and applications:
Remote sensing of atmospheric path-integrated quantities (cloud liquid
water content and precipitable water vapor).
Remote sensing of SST.
Mar 6. Lab 7. Introduction to NOAA meteorological satellite data -
Passive IR and microwave remote sensing of
SST, precipitable water and cloud liquid water
Mar. 11 Lecture 10. Applications of passive remote sensing using emission:
Principles of sounding by emission and applications (temperature and atmospheric gases).
Mar 13. Lab 8. Atmospheric sounding
Mar. 18 Spring Break
Mar. 20 Spring Break
Mar. 25 Lecture 11. Applications of passive remote sensing:
Remote sensing of planetary atmospheres - Examples
Mar 29. Lab 9. Designing a space mission concept
Apr. 1 Lecture 12. Applications of passive remote sensing:
Remote sensing of precipitation and clouds.
Apr 3. Lab 10. Passive remote sensing of clouds
Apr. 8 Lecture 13. Principles of active remote sensing: Radar.
Radar sensing of clouds and precipitation.
Apr 10. Lab 11. Radar remote sensing of precipitation
Apr. 15 Lecture 14. Principles of active remote sensing: Lidars.
Lidar sensing of gases, aerosols, and clouds.
Apr 17. Lab 12. Introduction to CALIPSO products
Apr. 22 Lecture 15. Course overview.
Group space mission project presentations.
Apr. 24 Lecture 16. Review for Exam II
Review slides

Supplement Materials