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Introduction to Remote Sensing for Coastal and Ocean Applications

Copyright: image is from Copernicus Sentinel data (2015), processed by ESA
Dates: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Times: 
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT (UTC-4)
Registration Closes: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

In this introductory webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of remote sensing for coastal and ocean applications. This will include a background in aquatic remote sensing, data access and tools for processing and analyzing imagery, and examples and live demonstrations of applied science tools that have been developed for NASA and partner organizations. This course will review data products from MODIS, VIIRS, HICO, and other sensors commonly used for ocean applications.

Header image is from Copernicus Sentinel data (2015), processed by ESA 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will learn about NASA Earth observation resources (data and tools) available for coastal and ocean applications, including:

  • a basic understanding of remote sensing in aquatic environments
  • how to access and visualize relevant NASA Earth Science data
  • techniques for using NASA Earth Science data for coastal and ocean applications in the areas of animal migrations and coral reef health
Course Format: 
  • Four one-hour sessions
  • One session per week
  • A certificate of completion will be provided to participants that attend all four live webinars, as well as complete all homework assignments.
Prerequisites: 
Audience: 

Local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for coastal and ocean applications. Governmental and non-governmental organizations in the public and private sector engaged in environmental management and monitoring.

Registration Information: 

This webinar series is free, but you must register before viewing recordings. 

Course Agenda: 
Session One: Overview of Satellite Remote Sensing of Aquatic Environments

An overview of themes in coastal and ocean applied science, how remote sensing is used for coastal and ocean applied science, fundamentals of remote sensing (spatial, temporal, spectral resolutions), and the advantages and limitations of remote sensing in aquatic environments. View the recording »

Session Two: Platforms and Sensors for Ocean Observations, Data Access, and Processing Tools

Satellites and sensors for coastal and ocean applications, satellite data processing levels, NASA satellite data access tools and data processing tools. View the recording »

Session Three: Animal Movement

Overview of animal movement and migration, an overview of coupled model and remote sensing tools for tracking animal movement, examples of remote sensing tools for understanding animal movement, challenges to tracking animal movement in a moving environment, and a live demonstration of Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service. View the recording »

Session Four: Coral Reefs

An overview of coral biology, corals in a changing climate, an overview of coupled model and remote sensing tools for understanding coral reef health, examples of remote sensing tools for understanding coral reef systems, and a live demonstration of NOAA Coral Reef Watch. View the recording »

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