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Courses - Fall 2023
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Polar Remote Sensing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS171 or PHYS161; and AOSC401 or GEOG301; or with permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with: GEOG440.
Jointly offered with: AOSC642.
Credit only granted for: AOSC440, GEOG440, AOSC642, or GEOG640.
The harsh environment of the vast polar regions makes them some of the most inaccessible places on Earth. With widespread environmental change already underway, satellite remote sensing provides the only means by which to obtain year-round observations of the polar climate system. The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of polar remote sensing techniques, including the physical principles of active and passive sensors, orbits, electromagnetic radiation, atmospheric transmission, calibration and validation. We will focus on measurements of the polar oceans, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, snow and permafrost, and examine the response of the cryosphere to climate change.
Cross-listed with GEOG440. Credit only granted for AOSC440 or GEOG440.