Introduction to Remote Sensing

(Course Code: 334KEΥ, Course outline)

Semester: 5 Teaching Credits: 2 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Skills development Instructor:

Scientific and technological methods for the collection and processing of information with remote sensing methods such as satellite images and their usage in environmental applications.

Topics per Week:

Lectures and Laboratories are performed in the following sequence:


Lecture 1: Photointerpretation. Geometry of images

Lecture 2: Nature and properties of Electomagnetic Radiation.

Lecture 3: Optical systems- conventional photography, aerial photography.

Lecture 4: Electrooptical sensors, Depth of field – Characteristic curve.

Lecture 5: Images in thermal infrared.

Lecture 6: Metric information – Photogrammetry, Radar images.

Lecture 7: Design of softcopy photogrammetric instruments.

Lecture 8: Satellite images and radar images.

Lecture 9: Radiometric and geometric correction of digital satellite images.

Lecture 10: Atmospheric correction of digital images.

Lecture 11: Multispectral classification.

Lecture 12: Density slicing and edge enhancement.

Lecture 13: Principal components, convolution filtering, Fourier transforms.

Lab assignements

Lab 1: Extraction of qualitative information from images.

Lab 2: Extraction of metric information from images.

Lab 3: Optics, lences, conventional photography.

Lab 4: Photography of objects.

Lab 5: Radiometry – Remote sensing systems.

Lab 6: Sensors – Thermal infrared.

Lab 7: Radar images.

Lab 8: Digital image, radiometric enhancement.

Lab 9: Digital image processing, classification.

Lab 10: Object drawing from images.

Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
2. Lectures are part of the Lab with mandatory presence
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
2. Mandatory presence
Other Activities:  –

Lab-Exercizes 30%.

Final exam 70%.

Notes: In electronic form in the Server.
Basic Textbook:
  • Stelios P. Mertikas, (1999) “Remote sensing and digital image analysis” (in Greek), Ion Publisher, ISBN 960-405-949-1, pages: 450.
Bibliography: Stan Aronoff, 2005, “Remote Sensing for GIS Managers”, Esri Press, 524pp.
A.S.P., (1980), «Manual of Photogrammetry», 4th edition.
A.S.P., (1983), «Manual of Remote Sensing», 2nd edition.
ASPRS, (2001), “Commercial Observation Satellites”.
-Thomas Eugene Avery, (1992), «Fundamentals of Remote Sensing & Airphoto Interpretation», Graydon Lennis Berlin, Prentice Hall, 5th ed
-Russell G. Congalton and Kass Green Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed Data: Principles and Practices, 873719867, Published by Lewis Publishers, 1998.
– Cracknell A.P. & Hayes L.W.B. (1991), “Introduction to remote sensing”, Taylor & Francis, London, New York, Philadelphia, 293 pp
-John C. Curlander, Robert N. McDonough, (April 1992), «Synthetic Aperture Radar: Systems & Signal Processing», John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
-James B. Campbell PhD, Randolph H. Wynne, 2011, “Introduction to Remote Sensing”, Fifth Edition, The Guilford Press, 667 pages.
-Jose Luis Casanova, (2000), « Remote Sensing in the 21st Century » Proceedings of the 19th EARSeL Symposium.
-Hatzopoulos J. N., 2008, “Topographic Mapping: Covering the wider field of Geospatial Information Science & Technology (GIS&T)”, ISBN 1-58112-988-6, Universal Publishers, 740 pp.
-John R Jensen, 2006, “Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective”, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 608pp.
Arun D. Kulkarni, (2001), “Computer Vision and Fuzzy – Neural Systems”, Prentice Hall PTR.
-Thomas M. Lillesand, Ralph W. Kiefer, (1994), «Remote Sensing & Image Interpretation», John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 3rd ed
-Editors: Lillesand, Kiefer & Chipman Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 5th Edition, 0-471-15227-7 , John Wiley & Sons Publishers, 2003.
C.P. Lo, (1986), “Applied Remote Sensing”, Longman Scientific & Technical.
-Paul M. Mather, (1999), “Computer Processing of Remotely Sensed Images”, 2nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
-Edward M. Mikhail, James Bethel, & Chris McGlone, Introduction to Modern Photogrammetry, 0-471-30924-9, Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
-William K. Pratt, (1978), “Digital Image Processing”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
-Richards John A., (1986), “Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis”, Springer – Verlang.
-Theo Pavlidis, (1982), “Algorithms and Graphics for Image Processing”, Computer Science Press.
-Τσακίρη – Στρατή Μαρία Δ., (1989), «Ανάπτυξη Αλγορίθμων για την Ψηφιακή Επεξεργασία Εικόνων», ΑΠΘ/ΤΑΤΜ
-Paul R. Wolf, (November 1990), «Elements of Photogrammetry», McGraw-Hill Companies, 2nd ed Edition.
– Χατζόπουλος, I. N., (2012), Γεωχωροπληροφορική Τοπογραφία, Εκδόσεις ΤΖΙΟΛΑ, Θεσ/νίκη, 970 σελίδες.

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

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