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Remote Sensing and Planetary Surfaces


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Tutor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: two practicals (20% each), a 2000-word report and 10-minute presentation (20%) and a 2.5-hour examination (60%)

    Module description

    The module will provide an advanced understanding of the processes governing the evolution of planetary surfaces and the remote sensing methods used in their exploration. It will use a parallel approach, linking specific remote sensing techniques with related observations and knowledge of planetary surface processes.

    Indicative module content

    • The electromagnetic spectrum
    • Sensors, processing and Geographic Information Systems
    • Impact Craters and planetary surface ages
    • LIDAR and topography
    • RADAR and hidden worlds
    • The infrared and composition 1
    • The infrared and composition 2
    • Short wavelength spectroscopy
    • Surface change 1: wind, water and ice
    • Surface change 2: active processes

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • demonstrate knowledge of the specific aspects of remote sensing and planetary surfaces processes outlined in the syllabus
    • demonstrate an understanding of how different observational techniques can be used to test hypotheses and form theories regarding planetary surface processes.