ARC 545 SEM– From Remote to Near Sensing
Course No.: 24821
Semester: 2018 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 402
Meeting Day(s): Thursday
Meeting Time: 8:10AM - 10:50AM
Remote sensing is defined by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as “the process of detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance from the targeted area.” Specialized cameras carried by balloons, airplanes, and satellites are often used to detect, monitor, and measure phenomena like surface temperature, size, and configuration of landscape objects. “Near” sensing can be defined in opposition to remote sensing; it is a qualitative process of exploring a geography in person to elucidate a meaning.
In the first half of this course, we will develop our own surveying tools in the shop to investigate a portion of the abandoned Bethlehem Steel site Lackawanna, New York. Tools developed in the class will incorporate traditional remote sensing and surveying equipment (for position), digital and analog monitors (for phenomena), and will be recorded on a paper template. In the second half of the course, students will learn to integrate and interpret these data using traditional software tools like GIS. The final project for the class will support the designs of the EP GRG studio.