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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This module will provide students with an introduction to UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing, digital image processing, and softcopy photogrammetry to extract environmental data and information from digital imagery, and a number of monitoring and mapping applications. Students will learn how to acquire UAV imagery, and to process it into information as part of a group practical mapping exercise.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Green

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MSc Geographical Information Systems
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG5053 Gis Tools and Techniques II (Studied)
  • GG5553 Gis Tools and Techniques II (Studied)
  • GG5559 Uav Remote Sensing, Monitoring and Mapping (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing platforms and sensors, set within the context of softcopy photogrammetry, digital image processing, and a range of environmental applications. Students will be introduced briefly to the history of remote sensing, the wide variety of remote sensing platforms and sensors now available and in use, and some of the wide-ranging environmental applications. The evolution of UAVs as low-cost remote sensing platforms will also be introduced for the practical collection of photographic and video data. An introduction to soft-copy photogrammetry and digital image processing tools and techniques using industry-standard software (e.g. Erdas Imagine, ERMapper, AgiSoft, and AirphotoSE) will be provided with an emphasis on acquiring an understanding of how to extract data and information from imagery and the creation of various end products such as mosaics, 3D models and maps for visualisation and communication, and for inclusion within a Geographical Information System (GIS).​​

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Geographical Information Systems

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Duly Completed Practicals and a Group Term Project.

Resit -

Any assessed coursework with a FAIL mark.

Formative Assessment




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