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GEOM2000/7000 - Introduction to Earth Observation Sciences

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Steele Building 03 Room 314/315

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The aim of GEOM2000/7000 is to introduce the fundamentals of Remote Sensing by explaining and applying selected elements from light interaction theory, image data: collection - processing - analysis, map generation and accuracy assessment.

The goals are achieved through (1) understanding of the lecture content and related reading material, (2) active participation of a field trip, (3) development of practical image analysis and processing skills in Practicals, and (4) synthesis of and reflection on achieved knowledge in compilation of assignments and an exam or a remote sensing application review.

Stuart Phinn’s research interests are in measuring and monitoring environmental changes using earth observation data and publishing/sharing ecosystem data. He is a professor of Geography at the University of Queensland where he teaches remote sensing and he has established and co-directs the Remote Sensing Research Centre, Joint Remote Sensing Research Program and Australian Earth Observation Coordination Group. Most recently he was the founding director of Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and its Associate Science Director.

He received his PhD from the University of California – Santa Barbara/San Diego State University in 1997. The majority of his work uses images collected from satellite and aircraft, in combination with field measurements, to map and monitor the Earth’s environments and how they are changing over time. A large part of this is in coastal and marine environments with C.Roelfsema. This work is done in collaboration with other environmental scientists, government environmental management agencies, NGO’s and private companies. A growing part of this work now focuses on national coordination of Earth observation activities and the collection, publishing and sharing of ecosystem data. Professor Phinn publishes extensively with his collaborators, and currently has 153 papers in refereed international journals, 1 book, and 11 book chapters.

A large part of this work also involves training the next generation of scientists and managers who effectively use remote sensing, and he has graduated 36 PhD students. Stuart is a very engaging speaker who enjoys doing a range of things when teaching to keep his students' learning active.


Steele Building 03 Room 314/315

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