Identifying Features in Aerial and Satellite Imagery

Image Interpretation - Identifying Landscape Features in Aerial and Satellite Imagery

Author: Beth Stein, John McGee, Jim Campbell   Affiliation: VirginiaView   Date: 1 Jun 2013
Audience: High School, Higher Education   Course Material: No
Description: The goal of this lab is to practice interpreting satellite images. Features on the ground appear very different when viewed from above, particularly all the way from space. The new perspective and lower resolution can be confusing, as are the unusual colors often used to display satellite reflectance. This lab is designed to help you recognize these natural and human‐made features using characteristics such as their size, shape, texture, and landscape context. You will also gain experience working with true and false color images.
Keywords: image interpretation, remote sensing
Skill Level: Introductory
Software Requirements: Web Browser
Special Materials: "Earth as Art" Landsat images can either be printed (poster sized paper works best) or can be viewed on the computer screen.
AV Resources Used: Yes   Download Access: Public
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