Remote Sensing: Principles and Applications


Prof. Eswar Rajasekaran

IIT Bombay

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Remote sensing (RS) is the technology that helps to gather information about objects and phenomena from a distance. There has been a radical transformation in the technology from the early application of ‘image interpretation’ to the paradigm of quantitative RS. The advancement in sensors and data processing algorithms have led to multiple applications of RS in various domains. To perform quantitative RS, one must understand the basic nature of RS sensors, the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and earth surface features and the assumptions and limitations of the algorithms applied. This course will enable the participants to learn about the necessary physical concepts involved in different phases of RS which will help in better appreciation of algorithms and existing datasets. The concepts will further be strengthened through explanation of selected applications.


Civil Engineering, Earth Science, Agriculture, Geoinformatics


Dr. Eswar is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Previously he was working as Postdoctoral fellow in the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California from 2016-2018. Dr. Eswar completed his Bachelors in Geoinformatics from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai with University Gold Medal and Ph.D. from IISc, Bangalore. His primary research interests are thermal infrared remote sensing (TIR RS), mapping evapotranspiration and flux partitioning from RS, drought monitoring from RS datasets, spatial disaggregation of TIR data, applications of TIR RS in areas such as agriculture, water and urban studies. He had published articles in leading journals and is also a peer reviewer for some of the top journals in the field such as Remote Sensing of Environment, Remote Sensing etc.

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Course Details

Week 1:  Introduction, electromagnetic radiation, basic laws
Week 2:  Radiometry, Interaction of EMR with terrain features
Week 3:  RS in visible and IR domain: Radiance to reflectance, atmospheric and topographic correction
Week 4:  RS image acquisition, Different types of sensors, resolution concepts
Week 5:  Resolution concepts, Spectral reflectance curves
Week 6:  Spectral reflectance curves, Spectral indices
Week 7:  Thermal infrared remote sensing
Week 8:  Passive microwave radiometry
Week 9:  Active microwave remote sensing: Imaging radar
Week 10: Platforms used for RS data acquisition and characteristics
Week 11: LIDAR, Common remote sensing datasets and data portals
Week 12: Applications of RS for land use and land cover monitoring, water resources management

Books and References

• Rees, W. G. (2012), Physical Principles of Remote Sensing, Third Edition, Cambridge University Press
• Joseph, G. and Jeganathan, C. (2018), Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, Third Edition, Universities Press
• Jensen, J. R. (2007), Remote sensing of the environment: An earth resource perspective, Second edition, Pearson
• Lillesand, T. M., Kiefer, R. W. and Chipman, J. W. (2008), Remote sensing and image interpretation, Sixth or Seventh edition, Wiley
• Journal articles as provided by instructor


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