EAS 8803
Satellite Remote Sensing

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

Location and meeting time:
Monday/Wednesday 4:30- 5:45 PM
ES&T L1116

Course Syllabus
Course description
Class Research Project

Aug. 21 Lecture 1. Course structure&Syllabus
The nature of electromagnetic radiation

Petty 2,3
Aug. 23 Lecture 2. Properties of electromagnetic radiation.
Polarization. Stokes’ parameters.
Main radiation laws. Brightness temperature.
Emission from the ocean and land surfaces

Petty 4, 6
Aug. 28 Lab 1. Passive microwave remote sensing of sea-ice
Aug. 30 Lecture 3. Composition and structure of the atmosphere.
Absorption and emission by atmospheric gases.

Petty 9
Sep. 4 Official School Holiday: Labor Day
Sep. 6 Lab 2. Spectral absorption of atmospheric gases and the transmission function.
Sep. 11 Lecture 4. Molecular (Rayleigh) scattering.
Scattering and absorption by aerosol and cloud particles: Mie theory.

Petty 4, 7, 12
Sep. 13 Lab 3. Modeling of optical characteristics with Mie theory.
Remote sensing based on direct solar radiation. AERONET.

Sep. 18 Lecture 5. Multiple scattering as a source of radiation.
Reflectance from surfaces. Remote sensing of ocean color.

Petty 11, 13
Sep. 20 Lecture 6. Applications of passive remote sensing using extinction and scattering:
Remote sensing of aerosols in the solar spectrum.
Sep. 25 Lab 4. Passive remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols.
Sep. 27 Lecture 7. Principles of passive remote sensing using emission and applications:
Remote sensing of atmospheric path-integrated quantities (cloud liquid water content and precipitable water vapor).

Petty 8
Oct. 2 Lab 5. Passive microwave remote sensing: retrievals of total precipitable water and cloud liquid water.
Oct. 4 Lecture 8. Examples of Exam Problems
Oct. 9 Fall break
Oct. 11   Mid-term Exam
Oct. 23   Mid-term Exam Review.
Oct. 23 Lecture 9. Applications of passive remote sensing using emission:
Principles of sounding by emission and applications (temperature and atmospheric gases).
Oct. 23 Lab 6. Atmospheric sounding.
Oct. 25 Lecture 10. Applications of passive remote sensing:
Remote sensing of planetary atmospheres - Examples
Oct. 30 Lecture 11. Applications of passive remote sensing:
Remote sensing of precipitation and clouds.
Nov. 1 Lab 7. Passive remote sensing of clouds.
Nov. 6 Lecture 12 Principles of active remote sensing: Radar. Radar sensing of clouds and precipitation.
Nov. 8 Lab 8. Radar remote sensing of precipitation
Nov. 13 Lecture 13 Principles of active remote sensing: Lidars. Lidar sensing of gases, aerosols, and clouds.
Nov. 15 Lecture 14 Course Review
Nov. 20   Class Project Presentations.

Supplement Materials