Notes, Resources, Data, and Activities


1) Fundamentals of Remote Sensing Textbook (web version from Canada Centre for Remote Sensing):
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing - Ressources naturelles Canada

2) GIS Commons: A Free, Opensource, Introductory Textbook on Geographic Information Systems: GIS Commons

Class Notes and Links:
1) Link to Youtube Electromagnetic Spectrum videos
2) Measuring Vegetation (NDVI and EVI) by NASA Earth Observatory
3) How to Calculate NDVI with ArcMap 10.1 (Youtube Video)
4) NDVI Function in ArcGIS Resources (ESRI)

5) How Bits and Bytes Work
6) How Satellites Work

7) Digital Imaging Process Simulator (DIPS)
8) NASA Earth Observatory Remote Sensing Website
9) Case Studies: How Landsat Helps Us
10) How to Make a True-Color Landsat 8 Image
11) How to Interpret a Satellite Image: 5 Tips and Strategies
12) National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Remote Sensing Data Resources
13) NASA Aerosol and Active Fires Video
14) NASA Worldwide Air Traffic in 1 Day Video

PowerPoint Background Resources*:
Remote Sensing PPT 1a; Remote Sensing Data 1b
2) Accuracy Assessment
3) Image Display
4) Sensor Properties
5) Atmospheric Effects
6) Geodesy
7) Rectification
8) Vegetative Indices
9) Image Classification
10) Raster to Vector
11) Accuracy Assessment
12) Future of Land Imaging
13) Lidar Overview
14) Ortho Rectification
15) Remote Sensing

*These were developed by Jim Schmidt, who used to teach our GIS in Resource Management/Remote Sensing class.

File and Data Management:
Standard Directory Structure for Projects* (MS Word)
GIS File Management and Naming Convention Guidelines

*These guidelines are from Dave Pastizzo, former GIS Coordinator for Calaveras County, now at Vestra Consulting.
**These guidlines are from Jonathan Rodriguez, GIS Specialist for Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue (SAR)

Exam Format Examples:
Exam Examples

Project Proposals:
Proposal Example 1

Proposal Example 2
Workflow Template

GIS/Geospatial Video:
Geospatial Revolution Project

Remote Sensing Data and Resources:



Remote Sensing Class Activities*:

1) Working with Satellite Imagery

2) ALTA II Reflectance Spectrometer Activity

3) Atmospheric Correction

4) Vegetation Indices and Change Detection

5) Burned Area Reflectance Classification (BARC)

6) Using Unsupervised Classification to Make a Landcover Map

7) Using Supervised Classification to Make a Landcover Map

8) Using Supervised vs. Unsupervised Classification to Map Geology

*Some of these activities have been modified from those originally developed by Jim Schmidt, who used to teach our GIS in Resource Management/Remote Sensing class.