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Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

These webinars are available for viewing at any time. They provide basic information about the fundamentals of remote sensing, and are often a prerequisite for other ARSET trainings.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will become familiar with satellite orbits, types, resolutions, sensors and processing levels. In addition to a conceptual understanding of remote sensing, attendees will also be able to articulate its advantages and disadvantages. Participants will also have a basic understanding of NASA satellites, sensors, data, tools, portals and applications to environmental monitoring and management.


These trainings are appropriate for professionals with no previous experience in remote sensing.

Session 1: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

A general overview to remote sensing and its application to disasters, health & air quality, land, water resource and wildfire management.

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Session 1A: NASA's Earth Observing Fleet

Get familiar with Earth observing satellites in NASA's fleet, sensors that collect data you can use in ARSET trainings, and potential applications. 

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Session 2A: Satellites, Sensors, Data and Tools for Land Management and Wildfire Applications

Specific satellites, sensors, and resources for remote sensing in land management and wildfires. This includes: land cover mapping and products, fire detection products, detecting land cover change, and NDVI and EVI.

Session 2B: Satellites, Sensors, and Earth Systems Models for Water Resources Management

Water resources management, an overview of relevant satellites and sensors, an overview of relevant Earth system models, and data and tools for water resources management.


Session 2C: Fundamentals of Aquatic Remote Sensing

Overview of relevant satellites and sensors, and data and tools for aquatic environmental management. 

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